West Carclaze Garden Village, near St Austell, signs affordable homes deal with Cornwall Council
West Carclaze Garden Village, near St Austell, has reached a multi-million pound deal with Cornwall Council to provide 130 affordable housing units to address the housing shortage in the area.
The deal with Eco-Bos developers is the largest acquisition in the council’s history and is part of its new âsocial housingâ development program, which was put in place in 2019 following the lifting of government borrowing restrictions.
Once construction of West Carclaze Garden Village is complete, the homes will be available for social and affordable rent to local households in need.
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Condominium housing will also be available, helping local people take their first step up the housing ladder.
The houses are expected to be handed over to the local authority over the next three to four years, the first in the coming months.
The first phase of private homes has now been released for general public reservation, with 23 homes already secured, following a busy VIP launch event and other virtual events in late November.
Cornwall Council Housing and Planning portfolio holder Cllr Olly Monk said: ‘We want to buy a lot more houses like these – taking them off the open market and making them available to local people. who need it – and we’re working with partners across the housing market to make it happen.
When complete, West Carclaze Garden Village will include 1,500 houses, the UK’s first carbon neutral nursery and primary school, a village square and community center, a market, a leisure district, two solar farms, a wetland nature reserve, a 350-acre park, 12 miles of nature trails for walking and biking, five lakes and several parks, in addition to home gardens, orchards and vegetable gardens.
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