Council to build 11 new homes at St Agnes supporting local older residents

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Construction is set to begin within the next few months in St Agnes on 11 new social rented bungalows for older people.

The specialist properties, which will be available to people with a local connection to the area, will be built in the grounds of the existing sheltered housing scheme at White’s Close.

Cornwall Council has worked with existing residents of White’s Close to ensure the scale of the development, as well as the design and construction of the properties is sympathetic to the area.

The new bungalows will feature an open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a double bedroom and study, and will be energy efficient, heated using air source heat pumps.

Improvements will also be made to the wider development with a new paved footpath and cycle route along the eastern edge of the site and the communal gardens will be given a spruce up with new railings, trees and landscaping.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes, said: “These properties will help meet the need in the local area for affordable, single storey homes which are designed to meet the needs of older people.

“We’ve delivered on our commitment to provide 1,000 homes in Cornwall within four years, but we know that more good quality homes are needed. As the plans for White’s Close show, we want to continue with our work to provide good quality homes of all kinds to support the different needs of our residents. With 12,000 households on the Homechoice register, the need is real, and this is a great opportunity to provide a bespoke, really high-quality housing scheme for local older people.”

Local divisional member Councillor Pete Mitchell said: “These new bungalows are designed specifically for older residents and provide options for local older people to downsize into a more manageable property, within a really lovely rural settings. The accommodation will make it easier for the new residents to receive any additional support in the long term, while being able to stay in their local community. I’m so pleased that this scheme is getting off the ground, and thank the parish council and local community for getting behind this really exciting scheme for St. Agnes."

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