A new housing site at New County Hall in Truro is shortly to receive its first residents.

In June, Cornwall Council announced plans to end the use of hotels by providing short-term accommodation to house those in urgent need of somewhere to stay, as well as good quality medium-term accommodation.

That includes emergency accommodation units like those that were installed at the award-winning Carrick Cabins in Truro and at Long Rock, Penzance, during the pandemic response last year.

Now, 21 new units, leased from specialist company Bunkabin, have been installed and are soon to be brought into use at New County Hall.

Falmouth Packet: A new housing site at New County Hall is ready to take on its first residentsA new housing site at New County Hall is ready to take on its first residents

It will be the first new site to open, with work ongoing at Rosewarne car park in Camborne on a similar scheme.

The cabins are self-contained, single-berth, accommodation with cooking and shower facilities.

Olly Monk, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said: "These temporary schemes have been hugely beneficial to those in need during the pandemic and now we’re expanding them as one way to give people safe and reliable accommodation while we work to find them long-term, settled, places to live."

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Cornwall Council’s in-house Delivery Team has worked with partners Cormac and Cornwall Housing to bring the site into use.

Cllr Monk added: "We are working tirelessly to do all we can to alleviate the housing pressures on Cornwall and sites like this are important, as they give us space to implement more long-term solutions.

"We are working to provide as many affordable homes to rent and buy, and homes for social rent as possible and we are working with our existing housing partners to accelerate this."

Falmouth Packet: The new units have been installed and are ready to use. The new units have been installed and are ready to use.

As with the existing sites, Cornwall Housing will manage the New County Hall accommodation.

There will be a 24/7 on-site security and residents will have full support to help them on their journey to long-term settled accommodation.

Nick James, Contract Manager at Cormac, which carried out the work at the site, said: "Over the past few months, the Cormac team has been working hard with Council colleagues to make this a reality.

"We’re delighted to be delivering a scheme that will help tackle homelessness and make a real difference to vulnerable people in our communities."