A LOCAL housebuilder with a significant presence in Teignbridge has given its support to a BMX club in Newton Abbot.

Persimmon Homes South West handed over the £1,000 cheque to Decoy BMX at its track in Decoy Country Park, with funds going towards new equipment for its young members.

Lee Kirby, Chairman of Decoy BMX said: Decoy BMX want to express our thanks to Persimmon for their generous donation.

‘This support comes at a crucial time as we strive to enhance the experience for our young members.’

Decoy BMX club is a non-profit, volunteer-run club, built in 1998. The track is open to everyone, no matter age or ability, with the club competing in regional contests but also riding just for fun, aided by British Cycling coaches. 

Persimmon Homes is bringing new homes to Newton Abbot at its nearby Langford Bridge site off Kingskerswell Road.

The initial batch of 40 homes on the first phase of the development, Kings Meadow, will become available soon.

The development is zero-carbon ready, meaning homes are not powered by gas but ground-source heat pumps. They are also equipped with EV charging points and secure cycle storage.

The site, allocated in the local plan, helps meet Teignbridge District Council’s five-year housing land supply while addressing local housing needs, with eight properties being transferred to a local housing association.

The scheme will also see the delivery of a new bus route to serve the development, and a financial contribution will be made to assist in setting up the additional bus service. It also provides public open space and delivers significant biodiversity enhancements, with bird boxes installed and bat roosts provided adjacent to the site.

Persimmon has also demonstrated its commitment to the town elsewhere in Newton Abbot through its Community Champions scheme. Recent local recipients include Newton Abbot Museum, Dawlish Swimming Club, Newton Abbot College, and Buckland Athletic AFC.

Persimmon Homes South West Sales Director, Stacey Harris, said: ‘Persimmon is proud to continue our commitment to Newton Abbot with another Community Champions donation to a local group, underscoring our dedication to leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the areas in which we build.’