MID Devon District Council has been awarded £660,000 to build 50 homes at six regeneration sites across the district.

The projects have been funded by HM Government via the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2), which enables councils to bring forward surplus land for new homes.

The Council has received funding for six projects for School Close in Bampton, Eastlands in Hemyock, Crofts in Sandford, Beech Road and Holly Road in Tiverton, and College Green in Uffculme.

Current plans for these sites combined will result in a total of 50 new council homes within Mid Devon’s housing stock for social rent.

This forms part of Mid Devon District Council’s wider five-year social housing development programme.

It follows the Council’s initial award of funding to support both St Andrew's and Shapland Place schemes under BRLF1, with St Andrew's being the first to break ground nationally under this funding.

Councillor Simon Clist, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Property Services, said: “We are delighted to secure further support under the BLRF programme for these key projects.

"These are important regeneration sites, which will provide much needed new social housing as part of our strategy to build 500 new council homes across Mid Devon in the next five years.

“We have identified the need for providing well-designed, energy efficient homes for local people.

"Work has already started on schemes which have received funding through the first round and we are very well placed to accelerate delivery on this next round of sites.”

The Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2) is administered through the One Public Estate programme which is a partnership between the Office of Government Property in the Cabinet Office (OGP), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).