A new affordable rural housing scheme in Grampound Road near Truro has been completed this week and residents have moved in.
The development at Windmill Hill provides 44 new affordable homes, including 34 homes for affordable rent and 10 for shared ownership.
Gareth Jones, development director at housing provider DCH, said: “We are delighted that this fantastic scheme at Windmill Hill, Grampound Road is complete. The new homes are an example of DCH’s commitment to delivering rural housing where there is need and the value of affordable housing in keeping local communities and villages alive. DCH is offering a unique range of energy efficient homes to local families at Grampound Road, including shared ownership (part rent and part buy), and for affordable rent (80 per cent market rent inclusive of service charges) at this beautiful rural development.”
The new homes at Grampound Road are part of an agreement with Cornwall Council which launched in 2013 and will see DCH deliver 500 affordable homes for Cornwall over the next four years. DCH’s £55m investment programme in Cornwall, supported with £10m investment from Cornwall Council, will deliver homes for rent and shared ownership as part of DCH’s development activities.
Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cornwall councillor for Ladock, St Clement and St Erme, said: “There is a strong need for local affordable housing and I feel sure the new tenants will welcome attractive, well laid out buildings in an attractive position. DCH have an excellent reputation and I hope it works out well for all concerned.”
Whilst the majority of investment funding is from DCH, these homes have also seen £704,000 investment from Cornwall Council , £388,215 new investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA); and £194,250 HCA Recycled Capital Grant funding.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “It is great news that by working together we have been able to provide another 44 quality affordable homes to meet local need.”
Debra Saunders , head of marketing and sales at DCH said: “The shared ownership properties have generated significant interest, which demonstrates the level of demand for these high quality affordable homes. We have already taken a number of early reservations. Our shared ownership range of properties for sale can be viewed on our website, including Grampound Road.”
DCH has worked closely with local architects StudioArc, Cornwall Council’s affordable housing and planning teams, together with the contractor Kier Living to design and deliver a scheme which will meet the identified local need. Rented properties were allocated through Cornwall Homechoice to applicants in the highest band with a priority to those who have a local connection to the parish.
Those interested in purchasing one of the new shared ownership homes should contact the DCH sales team on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the DCH website.