A community-led development in High Bickington has been kickstarted with a major £850k funding boost from Devon County Council.
The first phase of this innovative scheme, at Little Bickington Farm in High Bickington, will provide 18 new homes, two workshops for local businesses, a plant room for a woodchip heating plant and other community facilities. Planning consent has also been secured for a new community building and sports facilities, a new primary school, a Multi Use Games Area, a Health Centre and allotments.
Devon County Council invited the local community to consider the surplus land available in High Bickington and how it could support the long term sustainability of the village. The High Bickington Community Property Trust (HBCPT) was established by the community and planning consent was secured for their plans.
The design of the development will be sustainable and will include a renewable energy heating plant to serve the development and provide income to the trust.