The first residents have moved into their home at a new Duchy of Cornwall development in Newquay, incorporating principles of Prince Charles' "model village" of Poundbury in Dorset.
Retired local government officer Peter Hocking and his wife Patricia said they "couldn't be happier" to settle at Tregunnel Hill, in the county where they have family connections going back more than 100 years.
"We were very impressed by the design, the quality of the properties and how deceptively spacious the house was," he said.
Duchy of Cornwall developments reflect Prince Charles' ethos about the environment, sustainability and social inclusion: using locally sourced materials, minimising carbon emissions, creating socially-inclusive places and strengthening the local economy.
The majority of the Tregunnel Hill buyers are local families and first time buyers assisted by the Government-backed the Help to Buy shared-equity scheme.
Tregunnel Hill is still being constructed by South West-based CG Fry & Son and Morrish Builders, who also worked on the award-winning Poundbury in Dorchester.
Tim Bishop from Morrish Builders said: "All the 17 released plots in our first build phase are sold subject to contract and six of these are scheduled for completion by the end of this year. We were pleasantly surprised by the level of attention Tregunnel Hill has attracted. "
A total of 174 homes will be created when the project is completed in 2015. Read more about Newquay on pages 4-5.
Figures released this week show a big increase in the number of planning permissions granted for new homes, like the ones above.
The Housing Pipeline Report, produced by Glenigan for the Home Builder's Federation, shows 44,251 permissions were granted in England in the third quarter on 826 sites – a 31% year on year increase. It is also the highest total number granted in this quarter since 2007.
Stewart Baseley, HBF executive chairman, said: "This reflects the positive principles of the new planning system. They are a clear demonstration builders are looking to increase supply due to increased market confidence generated by the Help to Buy scheme."
Today is the launch of Brookfield, a new development of family homes in Chudleigh.
The homes are an attractive collection of four or five-bedroom family homes, each with double garages and a private garden. Brookfield has been produced by Westhaven Homes, with a blend of traditional and contemporary façades and all with high-spec modern interiors.
Chudleigh is on the border of Dartmoor, popular with walkers and outdoor types.
The houses are half a mile from the town centre and adjacent to the Chudleigh cricket field.
For more information see www.beagroup.com.
'Tis the season to be careful, or at least that's what a rent collection agency is warning. Landlord Assist says that rental arrears commonly peak in the months before and after Christmas, as tenants overstretch their budget before the January bills come in.
Graham Kinnear, from Landlord Assist, said: "Many people feel pressured at Christmas time to spend money they don't have. In some instances this leads to an inability to meet their rental obligations.
"We urge tenants to budget carefully and not slip into arrears – this can also directly affect a landlord's ability to maintain their mortgage payments, too."