More ‘Homes for Cornwall’ for local people at an affordable rent or for shared ownership as work gets underway in Penzance
Cornwall Council is working with Homes for Cornwall partners Galliford Try Partnerships and LiveWest to deliver on its commitment to building new homes for local people.
Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell has joined representatives from Galliford Try Partnerships, LiveWest, and local councillors to celebrate a new Homes for Cornwall development of 127 homes which is getting underway on the site of the former St Clare Cornwall Council One Stop Shop.
The St Clare development sees the former council office site transformed into a high-quality mix of homes and has the added value of returning and reinvigorating York House to its former glory after recent fire damage.
The new development will include 8 one bedroom assisted living apartments, alongside a mixture of 15 other apartments and houses for affordable rent, and 15 homes available for shared ownership.
Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell said: "The delivery of housing and, in particular, the delivery of affordable housing to buy and rent to meet local housing needs, is a key priority of the Council and the community.
"We reinvest funds generated from the Homes for Cornwall initiative to buy more land and then provide more affordable housing. We are delighted that the relationship with our partners, who bring additional necessary skills and resources, has resulted in the delivery of high-quality homes, with such a high proportion of affordable housing to meet local needs.”
Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade. Jim McKenna said: “As ward member, I am delighted that the development at St Clare is happening. There is a real local need with 818 households on the register and a shortage of good quality homes – especially to rent. The homes being built here will go some way to address that need which is good news all around.”
Welcoming the assisted living apartments being built on the St Clare site, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults, Rob Rotchell said: “Helping people who may have additional needs have a home of their own, is hugely important. These new apartments will be fully accessible and designed and built for older people’s needs. I’m delighted that they will be a part of this new development.”
Russell Baldwinson, Director of Development at LiveWest said: “The area has seen limited development over the past few years and this unique new scheme will help revitalise the area. We are delighted to be working with both Cornwall Council and Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver over 394 new homes for sale, rent and shared ownership across Cornwall. With significant demand for housing across the region, one of our primary focuses as an organisation is to deliver new homes, with a focus on affordable homes, with this initiative representing an exemplary approach to achieving this. As well as delivering housing, initiatives such as this, also have the added benefit of creating employment opportunities for local people and bringing substantial investment into the local economy.”
Over the next 10 years, LiveWest has plans to build over 15,000 new homes throughout the south west.
Andrew Johnston, Managing Director for Galliford Try Partnerships South West, said: “We are passionate about regenerating areas to create sustainable and vibrant new communities and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Cornwall Council and LiveWest on this exciting initiative to provide much-needed homes for Cornwall. To date, we have delivered over 180 new homes for local people enabling them to stay within their communities. Significantly, just shy of 90% of the open market homes have been purchased by Cornish residents with 46 of these making use of the Governments Help To Buy scheme.”
“We are making huge strides to tackle the South West’s housing shortage, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners to deliver lasting change, transforming lives and landscapes by delivering quality new homes throughout Cornwall.”
Work is also underway at the former Council Depot on Penwith Street which will see 24 new homes – 17 for affordable rent and 7 for shared ownership. Grant funding has come from Cornwall Council Funded Programme and Homes England.
The open market homes which will be built as part of the St Clare development and marketed under the Linden Homes umbrella will cross-subsidise the 100% affordable homes at the Penzance Depot site, which again sees the redevelopment of a former Council site.
There are already completed Homes for Cornwall developments in Wadebridge, Shortlanesend, Blackwater, and Madron, with another 21 affordable homes nearing completion in St Breward following a successful application by LiveWest for funding from Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency).
Homes for Cornwall, an initiative launched in 2014, brings together Cornwall Council, leading regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships and housing association LiveWest. It is on track to deliver over 394 new homes across Cornwall over the next four years and sees new homes built on Council owned sites for rent and to buy.
Eight Council owned sites were identified for potential housing developments as part of the Council's Housing Investment Plan and the Homes for Cornwall partnership has so far delivered 177 new homes. Releasing and building on Council-owned land both provides affordable housing (currently predicted to exceed 45% of the total number due to be built over the course of the programme) and funds which will be re-invested in more land for further development opportunities.