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Crofts Estate, Sandford

Mid Devon District Council

About the project

Mid Devon District Council is continuing its move towards carbon zero with the launch of a new modular housing project in Croft’s Estate, Crediton.


This social-rented, zero-operation-carbon development is part of the Mid Devon District Council’s ambitious target to build new affordable homes and deliver innovative housing by unlocking underutilised sites. It aims to create added value for existing residents with improvements to public areas and external landscaping. The Council also aspire to create sustainable developments through energy efficient design. The Crofts Estate development forms part of the Council’s wider five-year social housing development programme.

Project Team


Mid Devon District Council

The Council



Principal Designer 

& Contractor

Mid Devon District Council has received grant funding from the “Affordable Homes Program 2021-2026”, a £11.5 billion of capital funding over five years to enable the supply of approximately 162,000 new affordable homes. In addition, the Council has received additional funding under “Brown Field Release Fund” as part of a total award of £660k to build 50 social-rented homes at six regeneration sites across the district. Zed Pods played an important role in helping the Council to secure the funding.

Site Location

Development Proposal

The proposed development at Croft’s Estate maximises the Council’s provision for housing and parking by providing 5 high-quality energy-efficient homes in configuration of 5 x 1B2P, each home with generous private amenity spaces. This scheme further develops surrounding landscape by providing level access with better connection to existing neighbouring context. By giving serious consideration of the window positions, there are no overlooking into houses located to the east. The scheme provides more formal parking for local residents whilst addressing the local housing need.

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ZED PODS has designed the massing at two storeys to be as unobtrusive as possible to the neighbouring conservation area. The materiality choices also reflect this. The proposal lies behind a line of mature tall trees which obscure the site from the conservation area and wider town, these will be retained. 


Project Timeline

Construction off-site to minimise disruption and site installation


 Building Regulations Application

 Construction Phase Plan


Project Brief approved by the Council 

Undertook Feasibility Studies

Agree on Project Budget

Prepare Project Programme