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Affordable Homes for Bodmin

Ocean Housing recently purchased the former MPG Books site on Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin which will be developed for affordable housing.  Ocean Housing has been working with Prospect Estates who obtained the planning consent, and Gilbert & Goode will start building works later this year.

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Alan Green, Ocean Housing’s Head of Development commented;

This will be a fantastic opportunity for people of all incomes to get an affordable new home in a great part of Bodmin.  It’s been good to work with Prospect Estates on this site and now Ocean look forward to getting started and creating jobs and training and to play our part in the wider regeneration of the town”. 

Jody Barnes, Ocean Housing’s Sales Coordinator added;

This exciting site gives local people in Bodmin that chance they didn’t think they would have to purchase a brand new home.  Shared ownership is that stepping stone that people need to get their foot on the property ladder.’

The development will provide a mix of rented and shared ownership homes and, with and investment from Ocean’s housing of over £5million, the scheme is programmed to complete in 2017.

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Warmer Homes Campaign

Ocean is campaigning for funding that could transform the lives of thousands of residents living in Cornish units. Having designed a unique technical solution to provide these homes with more warmth (roof insulation), Ocean is lobbying the Government and utilities to release funding that was promised for home improvements under the Climate Change agenda.

At a time when some people are choosing between eating and heating, we want to ensure that this money goes to those who need it most, explains Ocean Housing’s Managing Director, Frances Turner.

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Ocean has invested over £6 million improving the warmth and comfort of Cornish Units with cavity wall insulation, central heating and double glazing but until now there has been no effective way of completely insulating the roof because of its unique structure.

This project is the first of its kind in the U.K. specifically designed for Cornish Units and guarantees the highest possible level of roof insulation,” explains Frances.  “Obviously it is not within our gift to pay residents’ heating bills, but this really is the next best thing we can do.  This ‘super insulation’ will make a significant difference, especially for residents who struggle to afford adequate heating and to keep their homes free of condensation.  The external coating will also modernise the appearance of homes, giving a whole new feel to many neighbourhoods throughout Cornwall.

Ocean Services, the maintenance arm of the housing group, has a proven track record in pioneering energy saving schemes and has the skilled workforce to deliver this complex project:

We were ready to start last year and were hugely disappointed when the Government moved the goalposts and funding was drastically reduced,” explains Ocean Services Managing Director, Howard Brett.

We have a core team trained for the task, but with more than 800 units in the county, we would also be creating new jobs to complete this vast project and supporting the local supply chain,” adds Howard.

With government funding for the construction of new affordable homes reduced by 75%, the pressure is on housing associations to self-finance the building of new homes in addition to maintaining their existing properties.

We have fulfilled our responsibilities over and beyond as a landlord, spending  £94 million in the last 14 years bringing all our homes up to and often exceeding Decent Homes Standards,” says Frances Turner.  “We truly believe that this project would further improve levels of comfort for residents living in Cornish Units but to make it possible we need clarity and stability with funding.  That’s why we are fighting on behalf of residents to ensure that climate change rhetoric is turned into action and that money is used where it can have the biggest impact.

Catch of a Lifetime

One local family started the New Year with a new home thanks to Ocean Housing.

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Local fisherman Chris, his wife Sue and their family recently returned to live in Mevagissey after being ‘priced-out’ of renting in the seaside village.

The Chesterfield’s are amongst several families who are delighted to have moved to the £1.6 million affordable housing development for local people.

Earlier this week residents celebrated with the community, Ocean Housing and Parish Council as The Dean of Truro, The Very Revd. Roger Bush declared the housing development officially open.

Chris told us

“We had to leave the area just over four years ago as renting privately became too expensive. Living in St Austell meant high costs for us to travel to work and we were often on edge wondering if our six month rolling tenancy would be extended”.

“It’s such a relief to be back in our home village of Mevagissey” continues Sue.

Chris and his family have lived here for years. He works his fishing boat out of the harbour and with the fishing industry as it is; he needs to go out at the ‘drop of a hat’, so being this close really helps.

“We’ve now got greater security, not to mention our girls who go to school here and it means I’m close to my family too”.

Roberts Close is the finishing touch to Ocean Housing’s original development of Shipbuilder Close and Lewenek View, totalling 30 homes for rent, shared ownership and open market sales.

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The Dean of Truro, The Very Revd. Roger said

“It’s a great pleasure for the Church to be involved with projects such as Roberts Close. Supporting the development of affordable housing means the Church can make an important contribution and in some way, help to alleviate the issue for local people and their communities”.

“We start as we mean to go on” adds Ocean Group Chief Executive David Renwick. “2015 will be an extremely busy time for us as we aim to build 150 new homes throughout the year”.

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“We’re thrilled with the place, the high quality finishes make it nice and cosy. It instantly felt like home from the moment we moved in” concludes Sue.

Ocean has a wide range of properties for part-buy and part-rent through Shared Ownership.

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