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New homes in Liskeard take a step forward

Plans by the Council to build 46 new homes at Maudlin Farm in Liskeard for people living and working in Cornwall have taken a step forward after Homes England confirmed its support for the scheme with a grant of £450,000.

The money will be used to progress groundworks at the site to provide the infrastructure for the new homes which will be available for private rent, shared ownership and affordable rent.

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Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “We’re committed to delivering homes that reflect the needs of the local community.  Cornwall needs more good quality homes, both to rent and to buy, and the market alone can’t meet this demand.

“This is about providing good quality healthy homes that people who live and work in Cornwall want to move in to, with space, gardens, parking and which are well designed to be low carbon and with low energy costs.”

Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East Sally Hawken said: “This new development at Maudlin Farm is important for Liskeard as people who live and work locally will be able to afford to live in them and remain in the area near to their family and friends.”  

The new homes will be delivered by Treveth, a partnership set up by the Council to create new homes and commercial developments to benefit people who live and work in Cornwall. 

Further housing developments planned across Cornwall for people with a local connection

Treveth, which is Cornish for ‘Homestead’, currently has a pipeline of 600 homes as part of a programme to deliver new homes across Cornwall in the coming years. Treveth’s developments are for households who have a local connection either through residency, employment or close family, with the vast majority of homes available as private rented or affordable properties.  

Homes have already been built as part of the Council’s programme on pilot sites in Bodmin and Tolvaddon, which has seen the delivery of 113 homes which have all been sold or rented. 

Treveth will shortly take on delivery of a further 100 new homes on a neighbouring site in Bodmin, with 30 of those being affordable, 60 available for private rent and 10 for sale. Profit generated by Treveth is returned to the Council. Other sites in Launceston, Redruth, and Newquay are also in the pipeline.

Tim Mulholland, Managing Director of Treveth, said: “We’re working together with the local community to build better quality homes that meet their aspirations, while providing a long term and sustainable investment for the Council.”

“The development will deliver a mix of property sizes, types and tenures.  The majority will be for private rent, providing quality, choice and greater security with three-year tenancies as standard. Some will be for affordable rent, with others for shared ownership.”

Solar energy panels and renewable heating systems will be provided on all the properties in line with the Council’s commitment to tackle climate change, moving away from gas as a source of energy and using instead greener alternatives to make new developments low carbon. 

Mi-space will be carrying out the ground works in the coming months. Construction of the new homes will start later this year with the first homes available by the end of 2021.