Self-build homes are ‘shape of district’s future’

TEIGNBRIDGE has a bright future, according to Teignbridge District Council leader Jeremy Christophers in his 2013 new year message.

With the local plan under way, he says Teignbridge’s future in 20 years’ time is being shaped right now.  Young working families can get on the housing ladder with self-build, says Cllr Christophers. He is passionate about promoting self-build homes to overcome housing issues in South Devon.

He says: “We want to support young working families. Self-build does that, it gives them a chance to get on the housing ladder.
Cllr Christophers said: “The fact is we can’t go on without a local plan as it leaves too much of the countryside at risk of development.

“We’ll get people interested in self-build together with people who can show them how to move forward. Banks are also now ready to lend to self-builders.”“We need to allocate land properly where we want to see the jobs and the homes in the next 20 years.

“It’s been a massive exercise, and the biggest procedure the council has ever undertaken. It’s our duty to provide a brighter future for the people who live in our district.”

“We’re committed to the cause and are at the forefront of the work.

“We’ve invested £20,000 in an eco-house at South Devon College.

“A self-build house can cost £100,000 and they are well insulated so can save on energy bills.

“If things go according to plan, in 12 months’ time we should be at the point of adopting the local plan and we hope to do a call to action to people who want to build their own homes.

Cllr Christophers proceeded to discuss numerous other matters including the ‘London Olympics, the ‘Tour of Britain’ cycling event etc. The full article can be seen at “this is Devon”