The Tregunnel Hill development pushed forward by that well known green organisation the Duchy of Cornwall typifies the issue that housing is promised to meet local need when people raise objections. Affordable housing is the bait to garner support.
In 2011 Tim Gray, estate surveyor to the Duchy, said: “We are delighted that work can start at Tregunnel shortly and we look forward to creating a very high quality development that will bring much-needed affordable homes and workspace to Newquay.
In 2013 we heard that the first phase of a Duchy of Cornwall housing development in Newquay is complete with the first five affordable homes due to be filled by Christmas. The 174-home scheme at Tregunnel Hill includes the creation of 48 affordable homes to help meet local housing need.
Charles Layiwola, development project manager for Guinness Hermitage, said: “The properties will help to ease the pressing need for new housing in Newquay, where there are currently over 1,000 local households seeking a good quality, affordable home. “In order for local people to qualify for the new properties, they must prove that they have a local connection to Newquay. This means that they have lived in the area for over 12 months, or that they have a permanent job of at least 16 hours a week in the local vicinity.
And in 2016 William and Kate met residents on the Tregunnel Hill housing estate in Newquay, developed on Duchy of Cornwall land in the last few years. Lisa Camps and her family moved down to live there from Salisbury. She said: “We wouldn’t have been able to afford anything if we didn’t have the opportunity of the shared ownership scheme. Because of the fishing village aspect and the lovely colours of the houses everyone knows where I live.”