19th January 2022

Change at the helm of Rural Homes Limited

 Alan Fox retires on 31 January as Managing Director of Rural Homes Limited (RHL), the development arm of SDR, where he has worked since August 2015.

31st December 2021

SDR welcomes tenants to new Cornish scheme

 SDR has welcomed the first set of tenants to occupy a brand new housing scheme that it will be managing at Ruan Minor in West Cornwall.

20th December 2021


 Able Sharp takes a giant stride towards more independent living

Able Sharp is aptly named for a young man determined to overcome mobility issues and learning difficulties so he can get a taste of more independent living.

14th December 2021

Elmhirst Court opening event postponed over Covid safety.

 Elmhirst Court opening event postponed over Covid safety.

An official opening ceremony planned for our 11 new ‘Stepping Stone’ apartments for people with various levels of learning difficulties on a site at Dartington has been

13th November 2021

Help save the planet and save money too!

 With winter just around the corner, here’s some guidance on keeping your home cosy without breaking the bank. What might surprise you is that saving your pennies and saving the planet go…well, hand in glove!

12th November 2021

Elmhirst Court independent living apartments now fully occupied

 Our 11 new apartments at Dartington, designed to give people with various levels of learning difficulties their first taste of independent living, are now fully occupied.

12th November 2021

Cream of Cornish: New homes at Ruan Minor

We were delighted to meet and sign up new tenancies for six excited local families at the latest affordable housing development in Ruan Minor on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.

12th November 2021

Green-fingered Janet turns her hand to gardening once again

Janet Pantry (pictured) was always a keen gardener when she lived in her own home. Then, earlier this year, she became a resident at our Forder Lane House Care Home.

12th November 2021

Repairs: Normal service has been resumed

Due to Government lockdowns since March 2020, and other Covid-19 restrictions, we had been carrying out emergency repairs only, whilst ensuring compliance with Health & Safety regulations.

17th February 2021

A good time for a condensation conversation

 IS your home suffering from a build-up of condensation? Well, don’t get steamed up about it! There are plenty of measures that tenants and property owners can take to reduce or eliminate condensation.

16th February 2021

'Stepping stone' apartments move step closer

 Work is progressing well on construction of 11 new ‘stepping stone apartments’ specially laid out and equipped for people with various levels of learning difficulties on a site at Dartington.

7th April 2020

World War 2 veteran Reg still soldiering on at 107

A man who saw action in Singapore and India during the Second World War is still going strong at the age of 107 and celebrated his latest birthday on Tuesday (7 April).

9th September 2019

CQC Results for Forder Lane House

The results of and CQC inspection have now been published along with a covering letter.

19th July 2019


 South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDR) has announced the appointment of Christine Candlish as its new chief executive.

17th June 2019

Affordable housing apartments at Brimhay start to take shape



1st April 2019

South Devon Rural is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer

South Devon Rural is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer - Click here for full details

14th February 2019

South Devon Rural Sponsor Local Football Team

 South Devon Rural Housing Association are proud to sponsor the rain jackets for Totnes and Dartington under 11s football team.

29th January 2019

SDR's Answer to Brimhay Objectors

 South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDR) and its partners strongly refute any suggestion that unsafe demolition or building practices are occurring on the new development at Brimhay, Dartington.

20th December 2018

Joy to the world, as young and old sing together at Dartington care home

 Residents of Forder Lane House at Brimhay got into the Christmas spirit with an afternoon of carols sung by children from Dartington Primary School.

23rd November 2018

Brimhay bringing home vital affordable housing



29th June 2018

A right royal celebration as Harry and Meghan wed

 Residents of our Care Home at Forder Lane, Dartington, played a full part as the nation celebrated the latest Royal Wedding on 19th May.

29th June 2018

High approval ratings in survey of residents and their families

 Scores from a satisfaction survey carried out among residents and their families shows that there is a high degree of overall approval for the service provided by staff at Forder Lane House

19th June 2018


A former hostel in Plymouth which had been empty for seven years has been converted into 11 rent- to-buy flats as part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing quest to reduce empty homes in the city. 

10th May 2018

Rent to buy apartments in Plymouth

 There are only three appartments left in this RENT to BUY scheme in Plymouth.  Up to half your rent back as a deposit to buy (Terms apply)

6th April 2018

Over half of the apartments already reserved! The SHIP Project Plymouth - ready for occupation May 2018. First come first served

Tenants pay market value rent for up to 20 years, with an option to purchase at any time from year 2, up to year 5 of the tenancy.

28th February 2018

'SOS project' house in Totnes is about to welcome new owners.

Property vacated after South Devon Rural Housing found special home for family with disabled child.

13th February 2018

HOUSE FOR SALE TOTNES 4 bed semi for sale in Totnes

Soon to be marketed by Fulfords,a fully refurbished 3/4 bed semi detached house with large garden, stream and two bathrooms.

16th November 2017

South Devon Rural help family with disabled child

 A local family with a disabled child has been given a helping hand as services worked together to find a suitable home.

6th November 2017

Brimhay - The Truth

 Account from Wildlife Crime Officer PC Josh Marshall regarding Brimhay

25th October 2017

Brimhay Press Release

 Press Release on behalf of the Board of Management of South Devon Rural Housing Association

12th October 2017

Alan appointed Technical Advisor to the National Community Land Trust

 Alan Fox, Director of Development and New Business in our subsidiary, Rural Homes Limited, has been appointed Technical Advisor to the National Community Land Trust.  This is a role Alan held for many years when Director of Cornwall Communit

11th September 2017

ALLPAY Direct Debit Issues have been resolved and debits credited.

8th September 2017



9th June 2017

IT Down Today 1 to 2pm For Major Upgrade

 We apoligise for any inconvienience this causes.  Our Telephone system will continue working.

25th May 2017

Houses for local people under construction in Moreleigh - for sale at 80% of market value

 Contact Karen for further information

25th May 2017

Work due to start soon on flats in Plymouth available for rent to buy.

 11 flats under construction for rent to buy - Fancy 50% of your rent back? - Contact Karen for more details.

1st March 2017

One Office left available to rent

We have one remaining office available for rent from April 2017. It is an internal office, so has no windows, but has air conditioning it is 160sq feet at only £225 per month office rental inclusive.

9th February 2017

Offices to Rent

We have 2 offices at South Devon House that will be available for rent in March/April 2017. One office is 230sq feet at approximately £320 per month and the other is 160sq feet at £260 per month.

7th February 2017

South Devon Rural's Ambitious Plans

South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDR) has unveiled ambitious plans to spend over £1, million maintaining and improving its properties over the next four years.

23rd January 2017

Forder Lane's Unannounced Inspection

The Care Quality Commission carried out an unannounced inspection of Forder Lane House.  Report

3rd October 2016

SDR Chairman responds to Dartington Planning Application

The Redevelopment of Brimhay Bungalows Dartington

In view of so much information – and mis-information – circulated about the Brimhay Development I thought it was time to set out the facts and present South Devon Rural Housing Ass

19th September 2016

Statement from Brimhay Resident

 I have been a resident at Brimhay Bungalows and tenant of South Devon Rural Housing for 30 years. Over that time I have seen a great deal of change.

18th August 2016

Parish Collaboration is Key To New Homes

 View Article Here

26th July 2016

Local Families Move Into Affordable Homes

Four local families are due to move into affordable homes at Moreleigh Heights. The affordable houses for Halwell and Moreleigh Parish were built as part of an innovative collaboration between a local builder, landowner, parish and district councils an

26th July 2016

Brimhay - The result of the Judicial Review is in.

 There has been much controversy over the years on our plans to redevelop Brimhay and the matter has been settled in the High Court - OR HAS IT? You Decide

26th July 2016

Brimhay - The Board of South Devon Rural Housing respond

 The Board of South Devon Rural Housing Association have had little time to fully consider the outcome of the Judicial Review against South Hams District Council in respect of our Brimhay Planning Application.  We are of course disappointe

15th June 2016

Community Housing Project at Moreleigh nears completion

The homes at Moreleigh Heights in Moreleigh will soon be ready for occupation. Four three bed houses will be available at affordable rents for local people with a connection to the Parish of Hallwell and Moreleigh. A barbeque (invite only) will take pla

15th June 2016

Room available soon in Forder Lane House

We will soon have a room available in Forder Lane House - contact the Manager on 01803 863532.

19th December 2015

Plans for a new affordable eco-housing scheme in Thurlestone have been given the go ahead by South Hams District Council.

Plans for a new affordable eco-housing scheme in Thurlestone have been given the go ahead by South Hams District Council. The scheme will provide four new three-bedroom homes on former council-owned land at Parkfield. It was approved at South Hams Dis

8th December 2015

Room available in Forder Lane House

Room available in our superb care home in Dartington - Forder Lane House - contact Bonnie 01803 863 532

1st December 2015

Green Age Technology on SDRHA Houses

South Devon Rural Housing Association has been hard at work in 2015. It has partnered local award-winning company 'Tresoc' in the 'S.H.I.N.E.' project - installation of solar panels on a large part of it's housing stock. Residents were delighted to be p

26th November 2015


What is it? The App can be used to view and bid for homes being advertised on Devon Home Choice, and check the progress of previous bids. Downloading the App The App can be downloaded onto: - Android phones or tablets from the Play Store by usi

4th November 2015

Community Housing Project Moreleigh - More information on Housing Association Projects Page

The Community Housing Project at Moreleigh finally gets underway. After many delays with planning and other conditions, work has started on the first block of four homes for rent to local people.

15th October 2015

Only two Rooms now available at Forder Lane House

The demand for accommodation at our newly refurbished Care Home, Fordere Lane House, has exceeded our expectations and only has two rooms remaining.

25th September 2015

Planning Granted for conversion of old school to 6 family houses in South Brent

Planning has recently been approved for the conversion of Avondale House, South Brent into 6 much needed family homes for local people. The former school (most recently used as accomodation for homeless people) is to be refurbished and converted into

12th September 2015


The newly refurbished Forder Lane House Care Home is having an open day on 22 September 2012 from 10am to 4pm. Entertainment and refreshments will be served all day. Soup and Roll for Lunch - Cream Tea's in the afternoon and light refreshm,ents all da

2nd July 2015

Brimhay Planning Approved - Community Lead Housing Project in Moreleigh to start in next few weeks.

Planning permission for the redevelopment of Brimhay Bungalows was approved by South Hams District Council Yesterday. An innovative Community Lead Housing Development soon to be on site in Moreleigh.

18th June 2015

Community Hopes Dashed as alternate Plan not Financially Viable

SDR's Brimhay Sub-Committee met with Local Dartington Community Members to listen to and see the proposed alternate plan designed Bob Tomlinson.

21st May 2015

Brimhay Perspectives Released

To give an impression of the finished development SDR have commissioned coloured perspectives to show how the scheme may look.

7th May 2015

Housing and Housing Benefit Myths BUSTED!

A web site has been put together by the Institute of Housing to demonstrate that popular Myths about Housing and Benefits are simply not true.

29th April 2015

April Newsletter

Here is our April 2015 Newsletter - with all current topics within.

30th March 2015

SDR Tenants benefit from reduced electricity costs thanks to TRESOC/SDR Community Energy Reduction Project SHINE!

A ground breaking deal to reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 121 tonnes and help provide SDR tenants with lower energy bills has been agreed. The project gets underway with the placement of PV panels on SDR's local office in Totnes.

24th February 2015

Steve Prime responds to Trudy Turrell's comments on BBC Radio Devon

Steve Prime has put together a response to Trudy's comments made in an interview to BBC Radio Devon on 21st February 2015, as he considers more misinformation is being given. Read all about it on the Brimhay Re-development Page.

13th February 2015

Passivhous development in Thurlestone on site

Our development of 4 passivhous Code 5 Homes are on site in Thurlestone

30th January 2015

SDR releases a statement regarding redevelopment plans for Brimhay Bungalows.

The Board of South Devon Rural Housing Association met at the end of January and among the items they considered, were the various protests and comments from some people in the local community of Dartington. The full statement can be seen on the Brimhay

29th September 2014

South Devon Rural wind prestigious Rural Award for Best Rural Development.

100% affordable housing project wins top award A new rural housing development which not only delivers 100 percent affordable housing for the local community but also boasts the title of most energy efficient affordable homes in the South Hams has won

29th August 2014

SDR Sponsors Local People in International Sport!

World Tambourelli Championships 2014 were held at Riverford Farm This year here in the UK. South Devon Rural Sponsored Local People who too part in the event.

27th August 2014

Annual General Meeting

Annual General meeting to be held at South Devon House at 7pm on 3rd September 2014

20th August 2014

House For sale

We are selling a grade II listed stone cottage in Dartington it is being marketed by Rendells Totnes.

22nd May 2014

House For Sale

SDR from time to time will have houses for disposal or from our commercial development, follow the link below to view:

29th April 2014

Care Home Wins Award

Working together wins an award!

5th March 2014

Solar Panels

Information on the inpspections that have been taking place at your homes. Please click on link below.

31st January 2014

Our offices moving!

Hello everyone and Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

2nd December 2013

Affordable Housing at Morleigh gets the go a head from planners

12th November 2013

Eco Houses at Thurlestone now let ---- energy costs estimated at less than ?200 per year!

Our Eco houses at Parkfield Thurlestone are now complete and let. Families moved into the homes over the weekend of 9th and 10th of November. EPC's issued for the properties estimate energy costs of less than ?200 per year.

16th October 2013

Transitions Towns Totnes and South Devon Rural working together to retrofit PV systems

South Devon Rural Housing has agreed to work with TTT to acelerate the association's programme of retrofit renewable energy fittings.

10th July 2013

Eco Houses at Thurlestone close to completion

Despite a few issues on site (water mains in the wrong place!) the development is due to complete in August - 6 months after we started on site. The houses are taking shape and are going to be of a very contemporary finish inside with glazed ballustrades

10th July 2013

Official Opening of Braemar and Merryfield Barns, Buckfast.

The official opening of Braemar Appartments and Merryfield Barns takes place this Thursday at 1pm.

17th May 2013

Jobs at Forder Lane House!

We have jobs available at Forder Lane House ranging from ?13 - ?15,000. Take a look at our Jobs Page

17th May 2013

Progress on our Eco House in Thurlestone

We are making good progress on our Eco houses in Thurlestone and they shoulkd be ready for letting by the end of July. If youy are in housing need and wish to be considered for these houses you need to be registered with South Hams Council and state you

30th April 2013

SDR Undertakes first Independent Residents Satisfaction Survey

SDR have engaged Skills & Projects Ltd to undertake a STATUS Residents Satisfaction Survey on our behalf. Skills and Projects will be writing to all tenants and providing a survey form for our residents to fill out. If you do get a survey form, please c

17th April 2013

SDR wins award from Devon Building Control Partnership

SDR have won an award from Devon Building Control Partnership in the category of Best Multiple Dwelling in the Building Excellence Awards.

15th April 2013

Green Deal - Caution!

It has come to our attention that tenants are being contacted by Green Deal Companies trying to promote Green Deal products. They are doing this without the authority of South Devon Rural Housing. All alterations to SDR properties will need authorisatio

8th April 2013

Spring Newsletter - now available on our Newsletter Page.

Our Spring Newsletter is now available.

8th April 2013

New Member of Staff

Following the recent restructure of the staff team, we are pleased to introduce Julian Barr in the role of Housing Services Assistant. Julian will be providing a customer focussed service to our tenants and customers. Julian will be reporting to our new

13th February 2013

3 more homes for local people in Totnes

Our refurbishment of 3 flats at Western House, Railway Street, Totnes is now ready for occupation by local people at affordable rent. The refurbishment included, new kitchens and bathrooms, rewiring and plumbing. The spacious flats also have parking.

13th February 2013

Assiociation submits plans for 12 affordable houses in Moreleigh.

Working in partnership with a local land owner and local builder has resulted in the prospect of new affordable homes in Moreleigh.

10th January 2013

First 4 cottages handed over

The First 4 cottages which form part of a larger development in Buckfastleigh have been handed over. The Cottages, converted from two Barns at Merryfield Farm near Hapsted Buckfastleigh were handed over before Christmas 2012. The Barns, built by Codyde

20th December 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Seasons Greetings to all our Stakeholders, Tenants, Contractors, Supporters, Friends and colleagues

13th November 2012


Were are pleased that our newly refurbished and extended Care Home is fully Let in record time.

25th September 2012

South Devon Rural Housing Association Annual Report to Tenants Published

We are pleased to announced the publication of our Annual Report to Tenants for 2012

21st August 2012

Totnes Work Hub NOW OPEN!

THe association is pleased to announce the Totnes Work Hub is Now Open for business.

11th July 2012

Totnes Work Hub Open Day

We are pleased to announce an open day for the Totnes Work Hub on Friday 3rd August 2012. Come and test our services. Bring you iPad, Tablet laptop or just yourself to see all that we have on offer. Refreshments will be available.

4th July 2012

Housing Officer needed

Housing Officer needed 2 days a week - please see jobs page under main association page.

8th June 2012

Forder Lane House Care Home is now open!

Following a ?1.7 million makeover, Forder Lane Care Home is open!

8th June 2012

Totnes Work Hub Opening in Totnes Soon.

South Devon Housing are setting up a work hub in Totnes supported with funding from Devon County Council.

16th May 2012

Jobs at Forder Lane House!

We have a number of jobs available at our Care Home in Dartington - please see Association/Jobs page for more information.

1st May 2012

CAB holding Drop In sessions at South Devon House

Citizens Advice Bureau are offering drop in sessions for local people in South Devon House, Babbage Road, Totnes, the Home of South Devon Rural Housing Association. The Sessions are from 10am to 3pm each Tuesday.

26th April 2012

South Devon Rural Housing Secures ?3 million loan facility

South Devon Rural Housing Association has secured a long term 3 million pounds loan facility with Triodos Bank. Triodos Bank follows ethical objectives and supports a wide range of social, ethical and ecological businesses.

20th April 2012

South Devon Rural Shortlisted for Small Housing Association of the Year

The shortlist for the UK Housing Awards 2012 have just been announced and South Devon Rural Housing Association has been shortlisted in the Small Housing Association of the year category. The theme for the award for SDR is 'Punching above our weight'.

16th April 2012

Work starts on new development in Buckfast.

Work has started on 10 flats for local people with learning disabilities in Buckfast.

20th March 2012

'Loneliness is as big a killer as smoking, obestity and alcohol for over 65's'

Loneliness is as big a killer as smoking, obesity and alcohol, campaigners warned as they held the first major summit on loneliness yesterday.

28th February 2012

'New' Forder Lane House

New Forder Lane House is due to open in Late May

21st February 2012


Most of the care home residents who took part in a study by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent told researchers that their actual experience of living in a care home had been better than they expected.

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