The Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford joined representatives from local independent housebuilder Devonshire Homes at an official turf cutting ceremony in East-the-Water to mark the start of construction on a new homes scheme for the area.
Cllr David Ratcliff and Philippa Ratcliff donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets alongside Managing Director of Devonshire Homes, Angus Cook, Sales and Marketing Director Jane Pearce and Construction Director Paul Coombes to cut the first patch of turf at the site.
The traditional ceremony, known as the ‘turf cutting’, is held to mark the formal start of building works. The development, named The Grange, will deliver 225 high-quality new homes, 45 of which are affordable, on land off Manteo Way in East-the-Water.
Available to reserve soon will be a range of one, two, three, four and five bedroom homes built to the high building quality standards of Devonshire Homes. Each one will offer stylish, practical and modern living space with carefully designed exteriors that remain sympathetic to the local environment.
Angus Cook, Managing Director at Devonshire Homes, commented: “This ground-breaking ceremony is a key step in helping us bring much needed new homes to East-the-Water in Bideford, with construction on the project now officially underway. We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford to the site. It gave us an opportunity to tell Cllr Ratcliff and Philippa a little more about the new homes we are providing for people in Bideford and how Devonshire Homes will work with the local community to ensure the properties blend with the surrounding environment. I would also like to thank the Key Stakeholders for their engagement during the planning process and our Case Officer, James Jackson.”
Angus continued: “We’re excited to be back building in North Devon. Our last development in the region, Mazzard View in Landkey, was extremely popular with house hunters and we have no doubt that The Grange will experience the same success. During his visit, the Mayor highlighted how affordable homes needed to be delivered in the area. I’m pleased to confirm Devonshire Homes will be delivering all 45 affordable homes in partnership with Livewest.”
Cllr Ratcliff commented: “Myself and the Mayoress were pleased to attend the turf cutting ceremony at The Grange. It was a great opportunity for us to find out more from Angus, Jane and Paul about the new homes which will soon be coming to Bideford. It was interesting to look at the site plans and I look forward to seeing the new homes come to life later this year.”
The Grange, located off Manteo Way in East-the-Water, is close to the A39, Atlantic Highway and A361, ensuring excellent commuter links to North Devon and further afield. Bideford boasts plenty of amenities including a Tesco superstore in East-the-Water and three further supermarkets in Bideford, a leisure centre, swimming pool, restaurants and pubs. For families, there is schooling for all ages with the closest being East-the-Water Primary School and Bideford College across the water.