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28 May 2014, 15:33
Cornwall Council's "Homes For Cornwall" initiative has been launched today, where they're promising to deliver more than 300 new homes.
The project sees Cornwall Council working with construction group Galliford Try, who has a regional base in Saltash.
They've already built 40 new homes in a cul-de-sac on the outskirts of Portreath. Around 50% of the homes are affordable housing.
Eleven sites have been announced by the Council, where they're working to get planning permission and consulting with the local community.
The plan is to build more than 300 homes across the whole of Cornwall, at sites including Wadebridge, Bodmin, St Ives, St Breward, Marazion, Veryan and Penzance.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for homes and communities said " With more than 28,000 applicants currently registered on Cornwall Homechoice, the delivery of housing and, in particular, the delivery of affordable housing; bringing empty properties back into use and meeting local housing needs are key priorities of the community and of the Council".
Stephen Teagle, managing director of affordable housing at Galliford Try said "We look forward to working with the Council to deliver great new homes for the people of Cornwall".
Any funds generated from the land used to build the home on will be reinvested into future projects.
It's hoped that not only will the projects help to deliver the 1,000 homes the council has set its targets on, over the next four years, but through woking with local construction companies, create further jobs and boost the local economy.