The £ 1.4 million housing scheme was completed earlier in the year, providing ten new affordable homes for local people, with eight for rent and two for ‘Homebuy’ shared ownership.
Annette McKutcheon is thrilled to be living in one of the new homes with her husband Alex and 2 year old daughter Elissa: “We watched the homes being built and never dreamt that we would move into one, despite us both living in Wadebridge and working in the area. If it had not been for the Homebuy shared ownership scheme, we would never have been able to afford a mortgage. Our home really has made the world of difference to us and we are extremely happy to be here as a family.”
Annette and Alex previously rented private accommodation and are extremely pleased to have their own front door and little garden for Elissa to play in. “It’s often the really simple things that make the biggest difference,” explains Annette. “Just being able to put the washing out in our own garden – it’s fantastic! I’ve also recently moved my piano into our home which is great as I teach at schools for Music Cornwall and I can now practice and play it properly in my own time.”
Dan Rogerson MP for North Cornwall joined residents in their celebrations and performed the opening ceremony: “The issue which is raised with me the most is still the need for more affordable housing. Wadebridge and the surrounding area are very popular with people moving into Cornwall and this puts huge pressure on house prices. I welcome Ocean Housing's determination to tackle this situation and the excellent contribution they have made here at Hayle View. This will make an enormous difference to the families who are moving in and to the sustainability of the community."
Mayor of Wadebridge, Stephen Knightley, was delighted with the project and praised the quality of detail and build and the well laid out amenity spaces: “In difficult times this was a ‘can-do’ project and we all need this positive attitude.”
David Renwick, Chief Executive of the Ocean Group, is thrilled that these much needed homes are already creating some festive magic for the new residents: “Christmas is such an exciting time, especially for families with young children, and it is good to know that the residents of Hayle View will be celebrating in their new, cosy and comfortable homes. “This development was made possible through our strong partnership with Cornwall Council which donated us the land for £1 and provided £180,000 in housing grant, and the support of Wadebridge Town Council. The scheme also attracted funding of £452,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.” The properties have all been constructed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and are heated by Air Source heat pumps.
Trelawney Garden Centre from Sladesbridge kindly loaned a Christmas Tree for the celebrations.