There is a local connection criterion in place which means the residents must all have links to the area
Residents have moved into a new housing estate built to be 100% affordable for local people. Housing association LiveWest teamed up with Classic Builders to develop the homes on land off East Hill at Grove Loweth in Blackwater. Originally the plan was to build 15 affordable homes but with funding from Cornwall Council, all 28 homes on the estate are affordable.
LiveWest said residents have now moved into every single one of the 28 properties which include 17 homes set aside for affordable rent and 11 for shared ownership. The scheme has a local connection criterion to the parish of St Agnes which means many of the homes will be owned or rented by people already living within that area.
Lucie Sominka, development manager for LiveWest, said: “It is a stunning development, and has proved very popular with local people. This is a fantastic example of home collaborative engagement between stakeholders can deliver a positive outcome. Working with Cornwall Council and our contractor Classic Builders, LiveWest has delivered fantastic, high-quality homes for rent and shared ownership in this stunning location, and in doing so, is helping to address the chronic housing need in Cornwall.”
She added: “Cornwall’s rural economy relies on residents who live near to their place of work. Good quality affordable and secure housing is therefore very important, and will ensure that these communities continue to thrive. This development is a very good example of a rural high value, where there is an enormous affordability gap. These affordable homes help to address that gap and ensure that people can still rent or own a home at a price they can afford.”
Cllr Oliver Monk, Cornwall Council cabinet member and portfolio holder for planning and housing, said: “Cornwall Council has been working in partnership with local Registered Providers by awarding capital grant funding to enable the delivery of additional affordable homes.
“Over the last three years these grants have support the delivery of 658 affordable homes across Cornwall and this development is a great example of that partnership and its contribution to that number. Grove Loweth in Blackwater would originally have developed 15 affordable homes. The grant from the Council has enabled LiveWest to deliver the whole development of 28 homes as affordable housing to own or rent for local people and contributes to our mission where everyone in Cornwall can start well, live well and age well.”