The History of Tamar

The “founding” meeting of Tamar Housing Society took place in late 1966. Those attending were all local professionals and businessmen, each with a strong commitment to serving the local community.

Initially Tamar  built co-ownership flats and three schemes were developed by 1974.  As Housing Acts in the 1970s brought more government funding to housing associations, Tamar was able to develop further properties.

During the early years Tamar’s management was carried out by agents, accountants looked after the financial affairs of the organisation, developments were run by local architects, and day-to-day management and maintenance were covered by an estate agent. In 1990, Tamar opened an office and appointed Bill Haley as General Manager.

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Tamar's History

Tamar Today

Tamar now owns or manages approximately 600 homes.  The majority of properties are in Plymouth, but there are also properties in Cornwall, West Devon, West Dorset and The South Hams. 

Support is provided by a diverse Board of voluntary members who collectively have the qualities, experience and ability to provide skilled and professional leadership.  Tamar works hard to create new initiatives for business development.

Julie Barnett, Chief Executive recently commented “The sector has changed shape and adapted over the years and we need to step up, shape up and adapt to face the challenges ahead.  Tamar has the resource skills, enthusiasm and appetite to deliver change”.

The Board and staff teams remain committed to the continuous improvement of the services offered to residents.