Perseverance pays off as new homes completed in Falmouth
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Local Government
Cornwall & Falmouth councillors given tour of newly completed homes
The completion of sixteen brand new homes in Falmouth this week is testament to the hard work and perseverance of all those involved in their planning and development.
The eight town houses and eight apartments at Marina View in North Parade have been developed by leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, and their completion follows more than seven years of planning and two complete revisions to the proposals for the site, which was formerly a disused petrol station and car repair workshop.
The £3 million development was funded by Sanctuary Group, with support from Cornwall Council and investment of £550,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Thanks to the commitment and persistence of Sanctuary and their partners – notably those at Falmouth Town Council who helped drive the changes to the plans – the scheme has now delivered a range of much needed affordable new homes for rent in the area. Such developments are key for Cornish resort towns like Falmouth where an increase in holiday home ownership in recent years has driven up house prices, making property out of the reach of local people to buy or rent.
These new timber-framed, energy efficient homes are located in North Parade, opposite Falmouth Marina, and have been thoughtfully designed to complement the coastal location and the style of existing buildings nearby.
The development has also created the opportunity for training and employment in Falmouth, with Sanctuary’s contractor, Kier Living, offering one new bricklaying apprenticeship on the site as the houses and apartments were constructed, and also the opportunity for three existing apprentices to work on the project.
Representatives from Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council were given an opportunity to view the completed properties during a tour of the North Parade development on Thursday morning (29 August).
Neil Clements, Sanctuary’s development manager for Cornwall, said: “This has not been a straight-forward project, by any means, but the site has always had tremendous potential and we are delighted that it has been transformed to provide a mix of sympathetically designed apartments and houses that are within reach of local people, both in terms of affordability and location.”
He thanked all those involved in the scheme, saying that the determination of the partners at every stage of the development has helped deliver these affordable homes, so needed by local people in Falmouth.
He added, “Sanctuary is committed to ensuring that its developments meet the needs of the local community not only with the high quality homes it builds, but also by the employment opportunities it creates, and through our partnership with Kier Living, there was an opportunity for a local apprentice to learn a new trade and hopefully improve his future job prospects.”
Ian Knight, Head of Area at the HCA, said: “Falmouth’s popularity as a Cornish holiday destination has had a knock on effect on property prices, often making it difficult for local people to remain part of the local community. Marina View will help remedy that, providing affordable housing where it is needed most.”
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: “There is a huge need for affordable housing in Falmouth and the completion of these homes is very good news for the town. Both Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council have lent their support over the course of the project and we are all delighted to see these fabulous new homes completed and ready to move in to.”
Regional Manager for Kier Living, John Titcombe, said: “North Parade is significant for Kier Living as it marks the completion of our first affordable housing development with Sanctuary Group in Cornwall and the beginning of a programme that will see us work together to deliver hundreds more much needed affordable homes for people in the south west.
“We always set out to contribute positively to the local communities in which we work, and we are delighted that in addition to the invaluable experience we were able to offer apprentices at North Parade, we could also help solve the parking issues at the nearby Penryn Rugby Club, by organising the resurfacing and painting of new white lines.”
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Notes to editors:
1) Picture caption – (L to R) Cllrs Sarah Wetherill and Jody Jeffery from Cornwall Council; Neil Clements, Sanctuary’s Development Manager; John Titcombe, Regional Manager for Kier Living; Cllrs Granville Chappel and Brod Ross from Falmouth Town Council, at Marina View.
2) The development includes eight 3-bedroom town houses as well as three 1-bedroom, four 2-bedroom and one 3-bedroom apartments, all available on an affordable rental basis.
3) Established in 1969, Sanctuary Group is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates almost 94,000 units of accommodation and employs nearly 10,000 people.
The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.
Sanctuary is an Industrial and Provident Society, an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.
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