Ocean Housing celebrated the completion of 24 homes at Coburg Terrace and Wheal Concord Way, Blackwater on Tuesday 24th April. The scheme, built by and developed in partnership with our sister company Gilbert & Goode, provides 12 affordable rent and 4 shared ownership homes for local people, as well as 8 open market properties.
Residents came together to see the development officially opened by Councillor Andrew Mitchell, and enjoyed coffee and cake with neighbours and representatives from Cornwall Council and Ocean Housing.
Completed in October 2017, the scheme proved extremely popular; with all the rented properties allocated immediately and most of the shared ownership and open market homes sold off plan.
Resident, Beata Prudnikow told us
‘We had lived for years in private accommodation and the conditions were poor. The phone call offering us a house was life changing for us all; we absolutely love our new home.’
Ocean Group Chief Executive Mark Gardner said
‘This development is a fantastic example of providing community within a community; one bed flats to four bedroom houses ensure that the sustainable development complements the popular village of Blackwater’.
The Ocean Group is working with Cornwall Council across the county to provide homes that meet the needs and aspirations of Cornish families. Homes are currently being provided from Penzance to Lanreath near Looe, with over 1,000 homes being built in over the next 5 years.
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.
St Austell-based housing provider Ocean Housing has completed a development of new homes in Blackwater, providing 12 Affordable Rent and 4 Shared Ownership homes for local people. The scheme was delivered in partnership with their sister company Gilbert and Goode, who built 8 homes for open market sale on the same site. All of these homes are already under offer.
The National Housing Federation has recently launched its report confirming that Housing Associations providing affordable housing have assisted in halting the decline in rural services and communities. The arrival of Ocean’s North Hill Gardens development in Blackwater is a great example of delivering homes for young people, ensuring the future of the village and surrounding rural area.
The need for quality, affordable homes in Blackwater is high with over 150 registered interests in the 4 Shared Ownership properties alone. The number of people registered with HomeChoice throughout Cornwall for affordable rent is nearly 19,000 as of February 2017. The demand shown proves that providing local people with somewhere to live is a predominant issue throughout Cornwall, with house prices escalating and incomes decreasing.
“We didn’t think we would be able to purchase our own house within the local parish that we both grew up in, and being close to our families. Thanks to the shared ownership scheme it has been possible,” commented delighted young couple Laura and Richard, who both work in the area.
Ocean Housing has a further 117 Affordable Rent and 46 Shared Ownership properties on site throughout Cornwall and is actively scoping further pipeline sites.
For more information, visit www.oceanhousing.com/coming-soon, email email@example.com or call 01726 874450.