New deal to provide 1,200 affordable homes for Cornwall
MORE than 1,200 new affordable homes will be built across Cornwall over the next four years thanks to a new deal agreed by Cornwall Council and local housing associations.
The deal represents investment of more than £20million and will provide homes at sites across the county.
Mark Kaczmarek, the council's cabinet member for housing, said: "Given the desperate housing shortage and the council's commitment to meeting local housing needs, the council has agreed ambitious plans to match pound for pound Government investment in new homes. I am pleased to announce that the council is signing contracts with five housing associations to deliver an additional 1,000 affordable homes in Cornwall over four years with investment totalling over £20 million. Few councils have made such a commitment.
"Devon and Cornwall Housing (DCH) is one of the council's key partners and today I am endorsing a contract with DCH which will see them commit to deliver 500 affordable homes for Cornwall. This is a council fund, in addition to their own schemes and programmes funded through Government. The council welcome DCH's commitment and the ambition they are showing in working with us to meet Cornwall's needs."
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One housing development in St Stephen has provided 18 homes for rent and four for shared ownership.
Craig and Joanna Mellow and their family moved into their home on Terras Road following years of moving around different accommodation in the area which didn't meet their needs.
"Living in this house was a dream come true for me and my family," said Mr Mellow.
"We have lived in St Stephen all our lives and have never been able to find suitable accommodation that met our needs; it was always too small or too expensive to run. Our home at Terras Road was specially modified for my disabled father-in-law which means we can have all of the family under one roof which is so important to us. The way the homes have been built means we save money on our bills, making a real difference to our lives."
Versha Koria, area manager for the Homes and Communities Agency which provided £1.3m for the St Stephen development, said: "As the agency which delivers affordable homes across England, we know how important schemes such as this one in Cornwall are.
"Good quality affordable housing has obvious social benefits but it also plays a key role in supporting the local economy, providing accommodation for people who wish to work locally, employment for construction workers and income for local businesses who benefit from people remaining in or moving into the area.
"I am really pleased to see this scheme officially celebrated and I hope all the residents have many more happy years in their homes."