Welcoming new affordable homes in the South Hams

You may have seen an article on here earlier in the year celebrating the opening of affordable homes provided by Rentplus in Plympton. 

On Friday, I joined Tamar Housing and Rentplus in Sparkwell where they launched a new development of rent to buy homes for more first time buyers.

The official opening at Blacklands Close at Fairway Gardens, is on part of the former Welbeck Manor Sparkwell Golf Course, and developed by Blue Cedar Homes in partnership with Classic Builders.

Steve Collins, Chief Executive of Rentplus, said: “Our latest development in the South Hams in partnership with Tamar Housing, Sparkwell Parish and South Hams District Councils, underlines the local need for affordable homes in Plymouth and across the South West region,” he said.

The new homes comprise a mix of properties, and marks Rentplus’ second scheme in the South Hams. This latest development is part of our ambitious plans in delivering our unique housing model of over 5000 affordable homes across the country by 2020, said Mr Collins.

Eleven, of the twenty-three new properties in Sparkwell are affordable homes that includes houses and bungalows and 12 private sale homes.

The first Tamar Housing residents have been given their keys with the first Rentplus homes due to be occupied later this month, said Mr Collins.

25-year-old, single Mum Jessica Collins and her 4-month old baby are one of the first residents to move into Fairway Gardens. 

Miss Collins said: “I was born and brought up in the area and very excited that I’m getting the chance to rent in my own affordable home, and this is a dream come true - and I still can’t believe it,” she said.

I was thrilled to attend the latest Rentplus and Tamar Housing development in Sparkwell that is spacious and beautiful. These affordable homes are giving young people the chance to live in communities they have grown up in. The sooner the Rentplus model is rolled out throughout the UK, the better for the coming generation.