More than 50 new affordable homes are to be delivered by housebuilder Cavanna Homes in Holsworthy.

Full planning permission has now been granted by Torridge District Council for a total of 170 “energy-efficient” new homes at a site on North Road, alongside new allotments, natural green space, play areas and bus stops.

It has been confirmed by the housebuilders that almost a quarter of a million pounds will be provided by Cavanna Homes in the form of Section 106 community contributions, to fund the expansion of Holsworthy Primary School, increasing its capacity from 315 to 420 pupils, and additional money will help expand early-years education at Holsworthy Pre-School.

In addition to the on-site infrastructure, the development will also contribute funding towards a footpath link between Dobles Lane and the cattle market; a multi-use games area at Stanhope Park, and a pedestrian crossing.

Karen Croker, development manager at Cavanna Homes, said: “This is a very sustainable location. Holsworthy offers a wide range of services and amenities including shops, pubs, a GP surgery and a hospital, all within easy walking distance.”

Of the 170 homes, 30% will be designated affordable, helping to tackle the district’s acknowledged housing crisis.

Director of land and design at Cavanna Homes, Michael Newman, said: “As of January this year, there were more than 1,100 households on the housing waiting list in Torridge. That’s almost doubled in just two years.

“By providing 51 affordable properties, alongside 119 open-market homes, we are playing our part as a Devon company in helping more Devon families enjoy the comfort of a secure home.

“Out of the 51 affordable properties, 38 will be available at a social rent and the remaining 13 will be shared ownership.”

Cavanna Homes will be installing air source heat pumps in all properties which provide a low carbon heating alternative to gas. Electric vehicle charging points will also be fitted on selected homes across the site.

Nature as well as people will benefit from the development, with new tree planting of native species, plus features to provide habitats for reptiles, invertebrates, mammals and birds.

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