5 September 2023

It’s wonderful to be able to take a break from talking about potential funding cuts and let you into some breaking news. 

It’s been a little over a year since we opened Sidwell Studios our first step in tackling the massive need for housing for young people in Exeter and Devon.

It’s a rewarding experience to provide a community of 26 studio flats in the city specifically for young people coming out of Supported Housing who would have no other option for having a home of their own.

Sidwell Studios is an incredible step forward, but we always knew we still needed to do more…

So today is an exciting day…

We are incredibly happy to announce to you that, over the past 18 months we have been progressing our next project to tackle the housing crisis within Exeter and Devon.

The plans for this new housing development have been submitted to the Exeter City Council Planning Department and have been featured in Devon Live.

Our new project is planned to be on Alphington Road in Exeter and will once again be breathing new life into a disused site (previously an engineering factory) in the same way we transformed an abandoned warehouse into Sidwell Studios.

Disused Alphington Road factory to be development site.

We will once again be providing affordable, high-quality housing at a cost of around 40 percent less than the current market rate, specifically for local young people and particularly those who need to move on from supported accommodation.

The planned development is even more ambitious than Sidwell Studios, providing 54 studio flats, four of which will be fully accessible to young people with disabilities. We will also have a large community room on site for those who live in the development and those in the local area. We hope that the room will serve as a community café throughout the week and maybe a local church congregation might be interested in making it their home as well. Offices will also be available on-site.

The entire development will meet very high environmental and sustainable standards including Heat Pump technology, Solar Panels and the highest level of sustainable building methods.