More housing but who will gain?

The Government announced yesterday that Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid for money from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.

With delivering quality new homes a priority for Cornwall Council, Cabinet member for Homes Andrew Mitchell today welcomed the announcement that two major projects in Cornwall are set to benefit from government funding which will help the Council unlock the development of much needed housing in Cornwall at two key housing hotspots.

Through a competitive bidding process, Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid to government for £5.7m which has been allocated to unlock the redevelopment of Hayle Harbour North Quay. This funding will go towards building road access to support the delivery of 580 homes and commercial development on the north side of Hayle Harbour.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning and economy, said, “This is very welcome news. As a Council, we have ambitious plans to bring forward housing developments that have not been delivered by the private sector. This financial support from the government will enable us to deliver housing that the residents of Cornwall need.”

There is a major problem with this news, as is the case with most housing developments in Cornwall the houses WILL NOT meet local housing need.

Most of the ‘need’ for housing in Cornwall is derived from people moving to Cornwall and as the blurb below clearly indicates that is what the new housing is aimed at!

The entire scheme benefits from stunning views across the river estuary combined with immediate access to the golden sandy beaches of St Ives Bay.

Does anyone really believe that building houses in this location will be available to residents of Hayle? (not that there is a need for 580 extra houses from the local population anyway!).

They will be marketed to people wishing to make a lifestyle change and move to Cornwall! Rumour has it that 17% will be affordable! If correct this means that 481 (unaffordable) houses will be sold on the open market!


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