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Construction to begin on North Devon homes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed building work is to get underway in the coming weeks on the second phase of development of the Forches Estate in North Devon.

With an investment of £7.5 million building on previous funding of £14 million, the estate is to benefit from the creation of up to 80 new homes in this latest round of construction, while residents will also see the delivery of new green open sources.

The first phase of renovation at the site was completed last year, when 67 properties were built to replace an array of dated and run-down pre-fabricated concrete homes.

As part of this new development, the HCA is also set to work alongside local authorities to improve transport links in the area, including a new access route between Willshere Road and Barton Road, as well as a number of bus-only routes managed by rising traffic bollards at Green Bank Road and Gould Road.

HCA area manager Lisa Clayton commented: "It is clear to see that the improvements to the access roads and the homes will greatly benefit the residents by providing them with security, safety and a greater number of high quality homes.

"This is a complex project and it is great to see that North Devon Homes and its partners are making it work for the area and that our investment is making a difference."

Elsewhere, the HCA has announced a significant investment in the renovation of Kings Docks in Liverpool following the unveiling of its new masterplan for the site.

Updating plans originally set out in 2003, the area is to benefit from new hotels, restaurants, a multi-storey car park and apartments over the coming years, while a £40 million expansion of the Arena and Convention Centre will also take place. 

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