Affordable housing project in doubt and another delayed due to financial difficulties
AN AFFORDABLE housing project may be abandoned with another considerably delayed as unrecorded pipes found on the sites have caused financial difficulties.
Costs for the Land's End Peninsula Community Land Trust schemes are set to increase, with South West Water (SWW) quoting £5,000 for an assessment at the three-house build in St Just.
Cornwall Councillor and chair of the trust Sue James said paying the sum would be too big a gamble as charges to move the piping would then be far more.
"SWW said it costs £5,000 to tell us where we can move them to," she said. "They have to approve it.
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"Unless we can find a partner or grant backing we cannot progress."
Mrs James said they discovered the pipes following a scan and it is likely the houses will be cancelled.
While in Pendeen more piping did not show up on a survey and was only found as contractors began work.
But because builders are in place Mrs James said they may be able to move the pipes themselves more cheaply - but will still incur a registry fee from SWW.
"They can negotiate," she said, "but the build has been delayed - we have been told it will take a number of weeks.
"I still believe we can deliver the homes, but at extra cost."
Mrs James feels SWW should do more as the homes would only bring further custom to the company, which is the only water provider in the region.
She added inaccuracies in SWW's network database caused the problems.
A spokeswoman for SWW said it is unable to pay for individual works.
"When developers carry out developments they should conduct surveys - it is not our responsibility."
She added the company "does not have all the information" on its pipe network after it took control of more than double its previous remit in 2011.
"We are responsible for 60 per cent more sewers," she said. "Before then they were not in our ownership.
"It will take time - we are working on the information we have got."