This #HousingDay families with a local connection celebrate moving into Cornwall Council homes

Families have moved into new homes in Dobwalls which have been bought by the Council as part of its commitment to provide 1,000 new homes.

Seven new homes at Penhale Close in Dobwalls have been bought by the Council from Wainhomes to add to Cornwall Housing’s stock of social housing.  They have been let to families with a connection to Dobwalls and the surrounding area.  All were registered on and applied through the Council’s Homechoice register. The homes are being managed by Cornwall Housing.

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“Ecstatic is a good word. The family are really, really very happy with where we are going from here.  We can start to settle down”  says Craig Vince who, with his family, has moved into one of the new homes bought by the Council.

His wife Sharon adds: “We couldn’t believe it when we looked at the house.  It is so beautiful. We’re very excited.”

Emma Selby, who has also moved into one of the new homes with her young family, explains: “I was bidding on Cornwall Homechoice because my rent was too high where I was privately renting.  This house is much nicer and the area is nicer too with more children for mine to play with.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “#HousingDay18 celebrates the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK. It’s heartening to hear first-hand how the Council’s commitment to providing quality homes for families in Cornwall is making a real difference to people’s lives.  This Council is committed to providing 1,000 good quality homes for local people and we will be doing that through a number of initiatives.  In this case, buying these homes in Dobwalls for social rent made sense and we have added them to our Housing Revenue Account which means they will be kept for social rent and allocated to people with a local connection.” 

The Council’s Housing Development Programme (HDP) will see the Council investing up to £200 million in directly building and providing new homes on sites across Cornwall. The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rent, affordable rent, shared ownership and private market ownership.

The first 113 homes to buy or rent, built on pilot sites in Tolvaddon and Bodmin, are set to be ready later this year. New sites in Newquay and Launceston are in the process of being purchased and these will be added to other housing development sites in Liskeard and Torpoint which the Council already owns.

Andrew Mitchell adds:  “Cornwall needs more homes – both to rent and to buy - for local people with a genuine housing need. For example, in Newquay there are more than 1,500 applicants on the Homechoice register who have stated Newquay as their first preference.  The proposed development in Newquay could provide up to 400 new homes which will go some way towards addressing that need.  This is about providing good quality homes that people want to live in, with space, gardens, parking and which are well designed with low energy costs.”

The new homes in Dobwalls are also some of the first to be provided by the Council, and indeed within Cornwall, that feature a full fire suppression system to help protect the safety of tenants.  The Council has committed to installing such systems in all homes it builds or purchases. Officers worked with the developer to ensure a high quality system was installed, which in this case works by spraying a fine mist in the room to quickly suppress any fire and giving occupants an opportunity to escape safely.


Story posted 10 October 2018