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4:39pm 10th June 2013

Pirate FM has learnt dozens of Cornish homes can only be leased by Londoners.

Around 40 bungalows in Illogan are restricted after Greater London Council bought private land to build them in the 1980s.

Devon and Cornwall Housing has apologised after one Duchy family was refused a bungalow that was mistakenly advertised through Cornwall Council's Homechoice scheme.

Geoff Brown who is in charge of housing at County Hall said: "I'm certain that if a municipal authority came to Cornwall now and said we want to repeat the exercise, they would be directed elsewhere because we've got our own problems to deal with. We've got over 28 thousand people on the Homechoice register. Our aim is to deliver local houses for local need."

Devon and Cornwall Housing said: "The 40 properties at Penwartha Road, Ilogan were transferred to DCH from the former Greater London Council in the 1980s, under a scheme called Seaside & Country Homes. These homes were built by the former Greater London Council (GLC) as part of a GLC initiative in the 1960's. There are similar properties in other areas of the country.

"As part of this transfer agreement the majority of these properties are let through the Seaside & Country Homes scheme which enables a small number of older people living in London to retire to other areas, releasing family-sized properties for affordable rent.

"We advertise hundreds of properties for local people each year and unfortunately on this occasion two properties on this scheme had been advertised through Cornwall Homechoice by DCH as being available when they were only available through the Seaside & Country Homes scheme. We withdrew the properties as soon as we realised, and before they had been formally offered. We are sorry for the error on this occasion and have put systems in place to ensure it doesn't happen again.

"DCH has over 9,000 affordable homes in Cornwall.  Last year we built over 100 new affordable homes in Cornwall and we have plans to build around a further 1,500 over the next 5 years."

4:39pm 10th June 2013

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