Delivering the programme

We are working to sustain and support our communities by providing a range of homes. We are doing this in many ways. Our programme has 5 delivery streams and each stream is focused on meeting a particular need of Cornwall's diverse housing market.

Homes for open market rent and sale are provided through our partnership with Cornish Contemporary Living. In most cases, affordable homes will be built directly by the Council. They will be managed by Cornwall Housing Limited.

The Housing Development Programme (HDP)

This mainly provides high quality homes for private rent and affordable housing. But may also include homes for open market sale in some cases.

A list of our current projects and information on how to register your interest is available on the Contemporary Cornish Living page.

The HDP’s first homes at Tolvaddon and Bodmin have now been let, and we currently have a scheme under construction in Newquay.  Work is expected to start on site on our next two sites in Liskeard and Bodmin in early 2020. Towards the end of 2020 we also expect to start construction on three large projects in:

  • Redruth
  • Newquay
  • Launceston

Housing Revenue Account (HRA)

The main purpose of the HRA programme is to provide homes for social rent (historically known as ‘Council housing’). These homes will be let at very low rents, to households on low incomes, in housing need. In some cases, we may also provide homes for shared ownership, or other forms of affordable housing where there is an identified need.

Our first new homes in the HRA have now been built and are occupied, on sites in Dobwalls and St. Ann’s Chapel. In partnership with Wainhomes we have also provided our first ever specialist homes. These are for adults with learning disabilities in St. Austell. We are also about to complete a similar scheme at the Council-owned site at St. Clare, Penzance with Galliford Try Partnerships.

In 2019, we successfully gained planning permission to build two schemes in Veryan for 16 homes in total.  A further 52 homes will be built in Redruth.

As the largest social landlord in Cornwall, we are well-placed to deliver new homes in partnership with Cornwall Housing Ltd. We are building homes on land that we already own. We are also proactively looking for further opportunities for future development. Additionally, we are working with private sector developers to deliver 'Section 106' homes on mixed tenure developments.  As well as undertaking a programme of housing regeneration of our own estates.

Contact us if you have some land or other development opportunity that you would like us to consider. 

The Cornwall Land Initiative (CLI)

The CLI has been operating since 2012.  It is delivering homes on Council-owned sites throughout Cornwall with Galliford Try Partnerships. The project has been successful, and has provided a large number of homes already on sites at:

  • Shortlanesend
  • Blackwater
  • St. Breward
  • Wadebridge
  • Madron 

The Blackwater and St. Breward schemes were both delivered as 100% affordable housing. The St. Breward scheme has also been shortlisted for the 2019 national LABC awards.  This is in recognition of its high quality and commitment to delivering affordable housing in a rural area.

The final three schemes within the CLI are all currently on-site. 151 homes are under construction on two sites in Penzance, and a further 40 homes in Marazion.

Gypsy and Traveller provision

We have recently completed a brand new, purpose built 15-pitch facility at South Treviddo, near Liskeard.  The site was built by CORMAC, and handed over to the Council in late 2019. It will be used to provide safe accommodation for visiting families and groups in the future.

Targeted Acquisitions and Temporary Accommodation

Sometimes, the best way to meet a specific housing need can be through acquiring existing homes to complement our existing stock.

For some residents, short-term accommodation can provide a crucial stepping-stone towards a permanent home. We are working in partnership with Cornwall Housing to develop a small number of sites for such housing. This is likely to be delivered as ‘modular housing’.