Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Housing Plan Revealed

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

11:51am 22nd February 2012

A 62 million pound plan is revealed to try to solve Cornwall's housing crisis.

It will mean 4000 new homes for locals to rent or buy.

Hundreds standing empty will be done up too.

Sian Howells from Padstow wants action on second homes: "We already have roads in Padstow that nobody lives in, in the winter. If you go down the road after the telephone directories have been delivered, some houses have telephone directories sat on their doorsteps for weeks, sometimes even months, which is very sad. I'd like to see the houses that we've got lived in before we build any more.

"In Cornwall we are below the average income and so you can build these affordable houses, but it may not solve Padstow's whole housing problem if the people can't afford them. My concern is that then they would be put back onto the open market and become more holiday homes, of which I think we have enough now".

The key proposals in the plan include:

  1. Delivering 4125 new homes within next four years, 3000 of which will be affordable homes to rent. 
  2. Allocating £2 million to bring 520 empty homes back into use, including granting 70 loans to private owners to tackle disrepair and a “last resort “compulsory purchase revolving fund to buy at least two empty homes a year as a last resort.
  3. Increasing funding to Community Land Trusts to deliver 200 additional homes in rural areas.
  4. Improving 700 existing homes, including tackling fuel poverty for up to 100 of the poorest households in park homes. 
  5. Adapting 2200 homes to make them safe for older and disabled persons, including 400 built to wheelchair and lifetime homes' standards.
  6. Delivering a 60 unit older persons/extra care scheme.
  7. Funding up to 30 new bed spaces for rough sleepers.
  8. Following a successful bid to the HCA for funding for 30 gypsy and traveller pitches, the Council will provide working capital to enable pitches to be delivered in advance of the Government funds being claimed.

Housing portfolio holder Mark Kaczmarek says, "We know that many local people are facing severe difficulties in buying or renting their own home. Access to a good quality home at an affordable price is a basic human need and the Council is committed to taking radical steps to address the housing challenges we face in Cornwall.  Making housing work is not just about providing new homes of the right size and type, however, we also need to ensure we make the very best use of all our housing resources by improving existing homes to ensure they are fit for purpose and limiting the waste of empty homes".

11:51am 22nd February 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles

WATCH: The Cost Of Cornwall's Potholes Is Revealed

The RAC says there were more than 400 claims last year

isles of scilly helicopter

WATCH: Multimillion Pound Plans Go In For Helicopter Link

Bosses want to restore the Penzance to Isles of Scilly route

Most read
Debbie Holden

Amanda Holden's Sister "Critical" After Cornwall Crash

Papers say Britain's Got Talent star has rushed to the Duchy to be with her

travis perkins

Job Losses At Building Supplies Firm With Branches Across Cornwall

We do not know which Travis Perkins sites will be affected

Top articles

WATCH: Torrential Downpours Hit Cornwall

Cornwall News: Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

May offer leaders of devolved nations a 'direct line' on Brexit

National News: Theresa May will on Monday offer the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the chance to formally feed into her Brexit strategy as the Prime Minister looks to engage the increasingly restive Scots and other regional leaders.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Director Tom Ford says 'Trump is proof America has dumbed down'

Showbiz News: The film director and fashion designer Tom Ford has told Sky News that Donald Trump's candidature in the upcoming election is proof America has "dumbed down". 

British banker Rurik Jutting pleads not guilty to Hong Kong murders

World News: A former British banker charged with the gruesome murders of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong has pleaded not guilty.

England win Bangladesh Test by 22 runs

Sports News: Ben Stokes grabbed two wickets in three balls to deny Bangladesh an historic first victory over England on day five of the first Test, at Chittagong.

Soot-covered man rescued from chimney after losing his keys

Strange News: A man who locked himself out of his house had to be pulled to safety after he became stuck in his chimney trying to get back in.

Newer article

Another Cornish Hospital Ward Closed

Cornwall News: A second ward in Penzance is closed after an outbreak of norovirus

Older article

Stone Thrown From Roadbridge near Liskeard

Cornwall News: Police say van driver had a lucky escape

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Pirate Oldies on DAB Digital RadioEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training


© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.


We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.