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End the Housing Crisis!

 

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HfB St Austell Lets end the housing crisisOcean Housing is calling for Westminster to ‘End the Housing Crisis within a generation’.

Taking Action

HfB St Austell Frances_KevinOcean Housing took to the streets of St Austell last Thursday to raise awareness and understanding about the huge housing shortage the country and in particular Cornwall is facing. Ocean’s activities at White River Place, were part of a nationwide campaign called ‘Homes for Britain‘.

Ocean’s Managing Director Frances Turner commented:

“Despite the terrible weather, our staff were great at engaging with the public and have just over 200 signatures. We definitely got the message out there with the public and we have quite a few video messages to forward on to the National Housing Federation and Westminster.

It was also good to see so many children (and a few adults!) enjoying the face painting and balloon making.”

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Perfect Storm

HfB St Austell FrameUK wendy houseCornwall’s ‘perfect storm’ has average house prices in the county at £228,000 and rising, average private rented sector homes at £723 per month and rising, with large upfront deposits required.  With an increasing population and increases in ownership and rental costs in Cornwall the current challenge for young people to live independently is becoming increasingly difficult.

“Ocean are backing ‘The Homes for Britain’ campaign in a united call on all political parties to play their part and seek to end the housing crisis within a generation”.

‘Homes for Britain Rally’

Across the UK, housing association staff, residents and members of the public are making their way to the Homes for Britain rally on the 17 March 2015. On the day, thousands of people will come together in the heart of Westminster for the biggest housing rally in a generation.

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In London Frances will hand over video messages of how the current shortage impacts on Cornish people and their families!

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Frances Turner, Managing Director at Ocean Housing said

HfB St Austell No10_Key“Ocean is working hard to back this campaign at a local and national level.  As well as raising sponsorship to send a group to join the rally in London, we are supporting the Lands End to London housing rally by hosting this local event in St Austell.

We want Cornwall’s voice to be heard in London. We’ve been talking to the public to get their real stories on their housing situation and how it’s impacting on their life.  We’ll be sending a petition and video messages to Westminster.

We want people from all walks of life to add their voice, so we’d urge people to get involved – write to local politicians, tell their friends and family, and tweet us using #HomesForBritain.”

Homes_for_Britain_Support_BadgeLong Term Plan

Homes for Britain is campaigning for the next government to come up with a long-term plan to tackle the housing crisis within a year of getting into office.  It is being backed by thousands of people up and down the country who have joined forces with organisations from every corner of the housing world.

The Homes for Britain’s campaign comes at a time when housing demand vastly outstrips supply at both a national and local level.

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The ‘Home Truths’ report shows that over the next 20 years in the South West region alone, there will be 439,000 new families, all of whom will need homes, but at current building rates, 200,000 will have nowhere to live. Meanwhile, some areas are in desperate need of regeneration and jobs, and having the right types of homes in the right places can play a vital role in sparking new life into these communities.

Jenny Allen, External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation said:

“We’re delighted that Ocean Housing has backed the Homes for Homes Britain campaign and that local residents in St Austell have been able to have their say on the housing crisis in Cornwall.  

The next government needs to commit to a long-term plan – one that sets out how everyone can have access to the home they need at a price they can afford.

Local Homes for Local People

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Ocean Housing held a public consultation event to inform local residents of the proposed housing development at Woodgate Road, Liskeard.

Have your say

This is a great opportunity for local residents to:

  • Review the development proposal
  • Talk to the team to clarify any details
  • Provide feedback for consideration at the design stage.

Having seen the Public Consultation Exhibition and reviewed the proposed plans please complete this short feedback survey below to tell us what you think.

This survey will close 5pm Wednesday 4th March.

Homes_for_Britain_Support_BadgeAffordable – Local

Ocean Housing is consulting with Cornwall Council, the Town Council and local residents in advance of our formal planning application for 44 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership in Liskeard.

The development proposal is presented in two phases with a mix of 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom houses and apartments.

There will be a ‘Local Connections’ tie to these homes allowing the people of Liskeard the opportunity to remain in their own community.

Survey (closes 5pm 4th March)

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Ocean’s 15th Birthday

15th Birthday Cake sml_2It was February 7th 2000 that Ocean came into being following the transfer of the then Restormel Borough Councils 3,000 homes to the new Ocean Company.

Since this time the Company has invested millions of pounds into the housing stock, improving the health and wellbeing of Cornish residents.

Ocean’s Group Chief Executive, David Renwick commented,

Very few of the homes back in 2000 had central heating, double glazed windows and very few were insulated, we even had homes with outside WC’s.  The Group now has a stock of 4,600 homes and is one of Cornwall’s largest businesses providing new homes for local people, through its construction company Gilbert & Goode.

Happy 15th BirthdayAt a celebration birthday event held for Ocean’s Tenants Panel, a 15th birthday cake was cut to celebrate the achievements so far, and to thank panel members for their hard work over the years.  Group Chief Executive David Renwick announced a new investment plan of £105M to be spent on further improving existing homes and constructing 500 new homes for local families.  Mr Renwick commented

This new investment represents a new five year programme that will improve the lives of hundreds of local people; it will also support the creation of new jobs, apprenticeships, training opportunities and the economy of Cornwall.”

Chair of the Tenants Panel, Jan Faulkner said

We are all delighted at this announcement; it is a continuation of investment from Ocean in local communities across Cornwall and is most welcome.