Cornish Trust wins national housing award

Partnership working between the residents of a small Cornish community and Cornwall Council to rescue and transform buildings to provide much needed affordable housing for local people on the Rame Peninsula has been recognised with a national award. 

The Peninsula Trust, a local community led organisation, came to Cornwall Council with a proposition to buy and renovate three Council owned coastguard cottages in Cawsand village and then let them to local families at an affordable rent.  The Trust, which already runs the Rame Centre community hub in Millbrook village is also working to rescue the Old Ship Inn at Cawsand, with assistance from Cornwall Council’s Community Housing Land Remediation Fund, rebuilding it as a community-owned café and heritage centre with flats for affordable rent above.

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Now, the Trust’s hard work has been recognised with a National Community Land Trust Network Award.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “Huge congratulations to the members of the Peninsula Trust for this recognition.  The achievements of the Trust are a shining example of how the community can take the lead to bring forward affordable housing for local people and work with us to provide the right homes in the right place. We want to encourage more of this kind of collaboration.  We have a Community Land Trust Revolving Loan Scheme to support the development of new affordable housing by Community Land Trusts and we’re open to ideas being brought forward by communities where we can offer help and advice.”

Simon Ryan from the Peninsula Trust said:  “Cornwall Council is helping us take the lead in helping our community.  The demand for housing is huge and working with the Council we can start to make a difference.  We’re getting enquiries from all over the country asking how we are doing what we are doing and I tell them it’s down in no small part to the support we are getting from Cornwall Council. And it’s not just housing - the Council have been supporting us on all our community work through their Localism programme, which has been brilliant”

George Trubody, Cornwall Councillor for the Rame Peninsula said: “It’s the residents who are at the heart of initiatives like this.  Thank you to everyone who helped on the journey, and it is great that the Trust is getting the national recognition that this partnership working with Cornwall Council deserves. I think there are lots of other Community groups in Cornwall that could be empowered to learn from this example.”

 

Story posted 09 November 2019