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11:18am 28th May 2014

A Camborne couple who have been saving for a deposit for three years tell Pirate FM there is no light at the end of the housing tunnel.

It is as plans to build three hundred new homes across Cornwall in the next five years are revealed.

There will be eleven sites and they will include more affordable housing.

But 27 year old Tasha says there is too much red tape: "Every time you save they want a little bit more. It's not just that, it's all the rules and regulations. So, we've got family in Hayle but it's not close enough family for us to get a home in that place. The areas are too restricted.

"I'm getting pretty fed up; I can't see a light at the end of the tunnel. If more of the banks offered a part buy, part rent mortgage that would make things better but my bank doesn't even offer that mortgage so that's a bit of a let-down."

The new homes will go up in places like Wadebridge, Blackwater, Roche and Penzance. You can see a full list below.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities said: "With more than 28,000 applicants currently registered on Cornwall Homechoice, the delivery of housing and, in particular, the delivery of affordable housing;  bringing empty properties back into use and meeting local housing needs are key priorities of the community and of the Council.

"The Council will reinvest any funds generated from the land for the provision of further affordable homes.  We are not in a position to go it alone and this approach of developing a new strategic relationship with a private sector delivery partner, who has the necessary skills and resources, will provide greater certainty and the prospect of early delivery of high quality homes, including affordable housing.

"Initiatives such as this will also give a boost to local construction businesses so we will not only be encouraging the building of high quality homes, we will also be supporting jobs and businesses in Cornwall."

Stephen Teagle, Managing Director of Affordable Housing at Galliford Try who will develop the homes said: "The Homes for Cornwall programme represents a bold and exciting initiative to boost the housing supply in the County. We have a long-term strategic relationship with DCH throughout the South West, producing award-winning schemes such as Tregea Parc in Portreath, and we look forward to working with the Council to deliver great new homes for the people of Cornwall."

Richard Connolly, Group Development Director at DCH added: "We know there is a huge need for high quality homes and we are very pleased to be working with Cornwall Council and Galliford Try to deliver over 300 new homes for sale, rent and shared ownership in Cornwall.  We welcome the opportunity to provide new homes as part of our development activities, and this exciting new partnership will create employment opportunities for local people and brings new investment into the local economy."

The 11 potential development sites are:

St Breward - 17 units
Wadebridge - 23 units
Shortlanesend, Truro - 110 units
Blackwater - 21 units
St Ives - 13 units
Madron - 25 units
Penzance - 31 units
Marazion - 17 units
Veryan - 11 units
Roche - 27 units
Bodmin - 18 units

11:18am 28th May 2014

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