Cornwall Council is working with Homes for Cornwall partners Galliford Try Partnerships and Liverty to deliver on its commitment to build new homes for local people.
Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell has joined representatives from Galliford Try Partnerships, Liverty 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.
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.
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 round.
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 Liverty for funding from Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency).
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.