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8:01am 6th May 2013

Pirate FM has learnt more than a quarter of the homes Cornwall actually needs did not get built last year.

New figures from the House Builders Federation are out.

It claims almost 25,000 families are on the waiting list.

Zoe and her partner Pedro are renting in Wadebridge.

The couple said they could be forced to move away: "There's no money, everything's so expensive. I haven't had a pay rise for five years, there's the usual bills."

"I mean, we need a job each to get a mortgage and I'm unemployed and a student, so there's no way we'd get a mortgage."

"There's houses being built in Wadebridge where we live, and they're all three, four, five-bedroom houses aren't they? I think we know that when we come to buy it's not going to be in Cornwall. And then when we're old and rich, we'll move back."

Steve Turner is a spokesman for the House Builders Federation.

He said: "Young people are being prevented from accessing the housing ladder. They're having to stay with their parents longer, or share, or live in rented accommodation. So, we need to be building more homes of all types and sizes to meet the demand of the population in Cornwall.

"Each new home built creates one point five direct jobs, plus maybe up to twice that number in the supply chain. And there's also the New Homes Bonus, whereby the government will pay additional grants to local authorities that build the homes that their areas need."

8:01am 6th May 2013

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