neighbourhood of affordable homes for local people has been officially opened
in Rame, Cornwall, thanks to the combined efforts of Coastline Housing, Cornwall
Community Land Trust and Cornwall Council.
Of the 16 new
homes, 11 have been offered for affordable rent and five were offered for
shared ownership (part-buy, part-rent). Happy residents have taken the keys to
the rented properties already, and all five shared ownership homes have also
Council, and divisional ward member Loveday Jenkin were also closely involved
in the development from the start and showed strong support for bringing this
new affordable housing to the village.
The site, close
to the corner shop in Rame, was owned by Cornwall Community Land Trust who approached
Coastline Housing to bring the scheme to fruition. The Trust purchased the site
and then granted Coastline a long lease in order that the housing charity could
start developing. The project was boosted thanks to funding of more than £350,000
from Cornwall Council’s Community Housing Fund.
Director of Cornwall Community Land Trust, said: “This is very exciting. Especially for the 16 local families whose lives
have been changed for the better by this project. Good quality, affordable
accommodation which provides the kind of security local families deserve.
“This is a great example of
communities doing it for themselves. It just shows what can be done. Cornwall
CLT are doing it elsewhere. 236 homes in 10 years and growing.
“Full credit to Wendron Parish
Council who have spearheaded this project. A big thank you to the land owners
who have been patient and supportive throughout. And enormous gratitude to
Coastline who came in at just the right time to ensure we could deliver what
the local community wanted. A successful partnership.”
Mr George came
together with the Chairman of Coastline Housing Derek Law MBE and new resident
Mary Stevens to officially cut the ribbon and declare the scheme open.
Mr Law said: “At
the time this scheme was brought to our attention, 53 households were
registered on the waiting list for homes in this area so there was clearly a
real need for more affordable housing here. I’m delighted that we’ve been able
to work with local partners to bring this site to life and I hope the new
residents will be happy in their homes for many years to come.”
Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Coastline Housing Ltd, on Tuesday 27 February, 2018. For more information subscribe and follow https://pressat.co.uk/