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 to local people on former council-owned land at Parkfield.
The houses will be constructed to level five of the code for sustainable homes, which requires buildings to be twice as efficient at conserving energy as an average house.
South Hams district councillor for Dartmouth and Kingswear district, Jonathan Hawkins, said: "This is an exciting project to provide local people with sustainable homes, one of our key priorities. It is particularly welcome in such a rural community that suffers from lack of affordable homes."
Steve Prime, CEO of South Devon Rural Housing Association who will be managing the build, said: "This is a very important development for the Association. We have long held the view that sustainable affordable housing can be developed in rural locations, not as an experiment but as a template which can be replicated."
Rod Hewett, chairman of South Devon Rural Housing Association, added: " This development takes a huge step forward in proving that this does not need to be a one off. Our tenants will benefit from high quality homes and extremely low energy costs."