St Austell-based housing provider Ocean Housing brought a top national award home to the county this week after clinching the Best Partnership accolade at the Inside Housing Development Awards, at a glittering ceremony in London.
The Pras an Ferla scheme in Camelford, North Cornwall was the product of a creative and determined approach between lead partners Ocean Housing and Cornwall Council, in order to deliver much-needed homes in the market town and additional school places in nearby Indian Queens.
Louise Pyle, Head of Commissioning for Ocean Housing, explained how the partnership worked:
“Ocean owned land in Fraddon which was the only land available to facilitate the much needed expansion of the primary school, whilst Cornwall Council held a vacant, derelict school site in the centre of Camelford, an area of high housing need. A simple land swap and some clever and committed joint working ensured both parties were able to benefit the local communities.”
The scheme attracted the support of the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency in the form of a £1million grant to aid the delivery of the new homes, and Cornwall Council contributed an additional £400,000 to help the scheme become a reality.
Mark Gardner, Ocean’s Chief Executive, welcomed the award’s arrival in Ocean’s trophy cabinet:
“Ocean seeks to engage local partners and communities to deliver needs-based housing for Cornwall. I was thrilled to endorse the Camelford partnership, which was an ambitious and progressive approach linking education, housing and regeneration and forms part of our business plans to provide 800 new homes over the next 5 years.”
To enquire about current or forthcoming developments, visit www.oceanhousing.com/coming-soon.