Green light for custom build homes at Howton Road, Newton Abbot

Teignbridge's Planning Committee today unanimously approved an application for 20 custom build homes to the west of Newton Abbot at Highweek.

The site borders land allocated in the Local Plan at Howton Road. Importantly, this decision unlocks a new road between A382 Bovey Tracey Road and A383 Ashburton Road, running from Forches Cross to Hele Park. This road will provide access to 1150 new homes planned for Houghton Barton.

The application sets out proposals for affordable homes, as custom build starter homes which would only be available to first time buyers at a price 20% below market values.

Leader of Teignbridge District Council, Councillor Jeremy Christophers, said: "Teignbridge District Council are transforming people’s lives. This is an important milestone which will deliver new housing opportunities. Granting planning permission on this site has paved the way for a scheme where families will be able to design the homes they want to live in.  We expect the development to shine a light on how others can successfully deliver custom and self-build schemes across Teignbridge and beyond. 

"Not only that, this approval was also the final step to ensuring that all of the land needed for the new link road between Ashburton Road and Bovey Tracey Road is in place."

The Council will now be looking for a lead custom build developer to take the site forward.  It is expected that that the plots will be marketed in the winter of 2018.

A planning application for the route through Houghton Barton is expected next year.