TEIGNBRIDGE council is backing a new scheme to help residents build their own affordable home.
It is supporting proposals by the Land Society to build a demonstration home which will showcase eco-build properties and training packages as part of an initiative to help families and communities get on the housing ladder.
Teignbridge is putting a £20,000 loan towards the costs of creating the demo home which will be built at South Devon College.
The eco-house will act as a beacon for self-build, helping people learn more about how they can be in charge of their own developments.
Teignbridge has just published the latest version of its own long-term Local Plan which includes policies which will help make it even easier for people to look into self-build home projects.
The demonstration home project has also secured £45,000 from South Devon College and £29,500 from the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.
The house will be used for teaching self build students for the whole of the South Devon College catchment area, including those who will study at the college's new Newton Abbot site.
Council leader Cllr Jeremy Christophers said: "The construction of the eco-house represents the starting pistol of a long race to breathe new life into villages across our district.
"Teignbridge is positive about self-build. Since hosting the National Self-Build Association in Newton Abbot earlier this year we have blazed a trail to help people help themselves.
"Speaking from personal experience, the feeling of turning the key in the door of a family home that you have built takes some beating.
"We are looking to turn dreams into reality for people in Teignbridge in the very near future.
"There is wide-spread support across the council to bring this scheme to fruition. I feel this may well become one of the real success stories of the future."