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New Homes for Liskeard

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Ocean Housing have celebrated the development of 24 new affordable homes at Rowan Lane, Liskeard with an event on Thursday 14th June.

Residents, neighbours and staff came together to share coffee and cake, and see the development officially opened by the Mayor of Liskeard, Christina Whitty. Phase 1 of the site, which consists of 20 homes for rent and shared ownership sale, was built by our sister company, Gilbert and Goode. Phase 2 was sold to local builder Pearce Fine Homes who developed 16 houses for open market sale, alongside a further 4 affordable homes for Ocean Housing.

All affordable homes were completed in February 2018 and allocated to people with connections to the town of Liskeard. The scheme proved so popular that 16 of the 17 affordable rent homes were occupied the day after completion, with residents moving into the remaining home the following week. The new properties range from one bedroom flats to four bedroom houses and provide spacious accommodation for single people and large families alike.

John Miller moved into a one bedroom flat in February and said

“This property is ideal for myself as I’m elderly and disabled and is much more suitable than the property I was in previously. The standard and finish is excellent, and I consider myself very fortunate to be here as an Ocean resident.”

Ocean Group Chief Executive Mark Gardner said

“This fantastic development is yet another example of our commitment to providing high quality, affordable housing across Cornwall; we are grateful for the continuing financial support of Homes England and Cornwall Council to assist in delivering homes where they are most needed”.

We have more Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership properties in the pipeline and Gilbert and Goode are actively seeking land opportunities across Cornwall.

If you are a landowner or agent please contact our Development Team on 01726 64800.

New homes with a View, a Coffee and an MP

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On Friday 18th May, we invited Steve Double MP to open our latest development at Tremeadow Rise, Trewoon.

After a 12 month build programme, the mix of 18 bungalows, houses and flats were fully completed this month. 3 families have already made this idyllic spot their home, with further moving dates booked in for this month.

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, welcomed the latest homes at Trewoon;

‘The affordable rent and shared ownership properties on this scheme provides 6 new homes for local people within the St Mewan Parish.

I am delighted to see families receiving an opportunity to live in such a beautiful part of the County and with Trewoon being a close-knit community, I believe this development to be an asset to the village. This has allowed families who might have otherwise had to look elsewhere for suitable housing, remain part of their preferred community’.

Mark Gardner, Group Chief Executive of Ocean Group commented on the success of this scheme.

‘We are delighted to have delivered these homes within such a well-known and established community, where affordable housing is much-needed and home ownership can be so out of reach for many.

This collaborative site between our sister businesses, Ocean Housing and Gilbert and Goode, has delivered a well-balanced, mixed tenure scheme with designs that complements their surroundings.

At Ocean Group we invest in people and communities, and this message is never clearer than when we get the opportunity to meet and welcome our new homeowners at events like this.’

Mark continued:

‘We would like to offer special thanks to the St Mewan Parish Council for their support during this development project and to the neighbouring community for their patience during construction works’.

We have more Affordable Rent and Shared Ownership properties in the pipeline and Gilbert and Goode are actively seeking land opportunities across Cornwall.

If you are a landowner or agent please contact our Development Team on 01726 64800.

New homes celebrated in Blackwater

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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.

 

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Ocean’s new Chair tables plans for Group’s future

On the eve of its 18th birthday, Ocean Housing Group has appointed its new Chair, education and leadership professional Debbie Wilshire, to take over the mantle from Dennis Spilsbury, who retired at the last meeting. Since Ocean took on the management of some 3,500 properties from the then Restormel Housing Trust in 2000, over £110million has been invested into those existing properties, and a further £144million into providing over a thousand new homes.

Ms Wilshire brings a wealth of board level experience to the growing Group of companies, which is headquartered in St Austell and employs over 240 local people across the parent group, construction company Gilbert & Goode and social landlord Ocean Housing. Her career has spanned legal studies, further education and the strategy and delivery of leadership and management, across Cornwall and nationally.

Mark Gardner, Ocean Group’s Chief Executive, welcomed Debbie to the role:

“I have seen first-hand the quality of Debbie’s contributions as Deputy Chair and Board  member and I am delighted at the prospect of working together to deliver the Group’s ambitions and continuing our positive impact on the Cornish economy.”

One of Ms Wilshire’s key priorities will be to take forward the Group’s new Corporate Strategy. This sets out the plans for 2018-2023, which will include 800 new homes of all tenures and an investment of £145million in new and existing homes. In particular, this will focus on improving the energy efficiency of Ocean’s stock and help its customers to keep warmer in winter.

Debbie Wilshire spoke of her passion for Cornwall, on taking up her new post as Ocean Group Chair:

“Cornwall needs housing providers that combine the business acumen to get things done, with the social conscience that cares about the people in each one of its homes. I am really looking forward to working with my very impressive Board colleagues and Ocean’s excellent Executive team. Together we will create innovative and customer-focused developments and services. As well as meeting the ambitions of those in housing need across the county, we will ensure a flowing pipeline of business for our supply chain partners.”

The Ocean Housing Group website includes more information about the plans outlined in this article and how you can get in touch:

www.ocean-group.co.uk.

Ocean heads West with another delivery of Affordable Homes

St Austell-based housing provider Ocean Housing has celebrated further success on its mission to deliver quality new homes across Cornwall.  Residents of the Water Lane development of affordable homes in Hayle were joined by Ocean’s Board members, Dennis Spilsbury and Chris Durkin as well as Deputy Mayor Clive Polkinghorne, to share in the moment as Councillor Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes, officially opened the scheme.

The 20 new properties have provided a real boost to local residents keen to obtain a place they can really call home. Mr Power, who has lived in the parish for many years confirmed:

‘“My new home has really changed my life, I feel secure in a great neighbourhood”. Continue reading

Back to School approach is a winner for Ocean

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.

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Blackwater arrival

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.

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Rural Life 2017

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. Continue reading

Ocean heads Northbound with Camelford wave of new homes

It’s been a flying start to the year for Ocean Housing, with our Development Team recently handing over the keys to a suite of new affordable homes in North Cornwall.

The Pras an Ferla development in Camelford features 21 homes for rental, 11 homes for shared ownership and 8 open market units. The latest opening sees Ocean reach the halfway point on its mission to provide 150 local families or individuals with quality new homes this year. Continue reading

#JoinourBoards

We’ve just launched our #JoinourBoards campaign as we have several fresh openings on our Boards & Committees, ready and waiting for new Non-Executive Director applicants.

Ocean Housing Group Ltd are looking to recruit new Board Members to join our talented team of non-executives and to help to drive our business forward.

This is an exciting time for Ocean, with a new Corporate Strategy and Business Plan.

We have ambitious plans to develop new homes and to invest in our existing homes and communities.

We are looking to recruit new Board Members to join our talented team of non-executives and to help to drive our business forward.

Why Join?

The role of a Board Member is diverse, complex, challenging and incredibly rewarding.

We work together as a strong team and support our Executive Team in the delivery of our agreed strategies and plans.

About Ocean Group

Chairman of the Ocean Group Board, Dennis Spilsbury, introduces the Group, who we are and what’s coming up for the Ocean group of companies over the next 5 years:

Our Board Members develop and shape our business strategy to:

  • Drive improvement
  • Shape customer-focused services
  • Identify and mitigate risk
  • Define strategic priorities
  • Make a difference

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Ocean Group Board Member

Meet the Deputy Chair of the Ocean Group Board, Debbie Wilshire, who explains the role of a Board Member:

 

Ocean Housing Board Member

Chair of the Ocean Housing Board, Chris Durkin, outlines what we do, the challenges ahead and exciting plans for growth over the next 5 years:

 

Gilbert & Goode Board Member

Chair of Gilbert & Goode, Jonathan Adlington, explains how Gilbert & Goode fits within the Group as a commercial enterprise:

 

Group Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee Member

We would also welcome applications from candidates with internal or external audit experience to join our Group Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee.

Apply

For more information regarding specific responsibilities and knowledge and experience, please click HERE to visit our Board Member job listing and complete the application forms in full.

http://www.ocean-group.co.uk/join-our-boards

 

That calls for a coffee!

70 homes

4 schemes

1 School expansion

…and maybe an award

– that calls for a coffee!

Phase 4 Fraddon resident welcomes Mark Gardner (Chief Exec Ocean Group) and Kate Kennally (Chief Exec Cornwall Council) for a cuppa.

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St Austell-based housing provider Ocean Housing welcomed delighted new residents and Cornwall Council Chief Executive Kate Kennally to their latest housing development in Fraddon.

Welcome Day for Fraddon residents, Ocean Staff, Tenant Panel members and Cornwall Council dignitories

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Bright future for St. Blazey

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Local residents are celebrating with Ocean this week, following the announcement that funding has been awarded to look into regeneration and re-development in the heart of the community.

Future options for the 8 blocks of three storey flats at Polgrean Place and the surrounding landscape will be explored, and people living in the area can expect to be asked for their views and be kept in close contact with updates on what will be a two year research project.*

Ocean’s Chief Executive, Mark Gardner, explained further:

“Ocean’s top priority is quality homes and living space for its residents and that is why we worked hard to secure this government funding, to help accelerate future plans for the Polgrean and St Blazey area.

Researching regeneration options will build upon the multi-million pound Promises Programme which Ocean has undertaken over the past 16 years, which has seen glazing, roofing and insulation programmes improve the standard of thousands of Cornish homes.”

The Managing Director of Ocean Housing, Frances Turner, added:

“Our teams have been working closely on the local Neighbourhood Plan, to retain this area as a central hub to over 6,500 people living in the Par and St Blazey area. Ocean has a strong track record of working with local partners to deliver community improvements and we look forward to once again collaborating with organisations such as Cornwall Council, so that these exploratory works can tie in with other key plans for the area, such as the STARR flood alleviation project.”

Ocean is keen to hear ideas and input on future plans for the area and will shortly begin a full programme of consultation.

Keep up to date by visiting our Polgrean News pages and contribute your thoughts by various means:

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NB: * Properties designated as Polgrean Place are No’s 1 – 47 Polgrean Place – odds only, 2 – 72 Polgrean Place – evens only.

**Changes to HomeChoice Bidding Cycle**

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Cornwall HomeChoice is changing the bidding cycle. Bidding will no longer start on a Saturday and end on a Wednesday each week.


From November, the bidding cycle will commence on 00:01 on a Thursday morning and finish at 23:59 on a Monday night.

The next Bidding:

Starts Thursday 3rd November

Ends Monday 7th November

Please talk to Cornwall HomeChoice if you have any queries.

‘Art House’ celebrates our 1,000th Home!

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Ocean were looking for a unique way to mark the big occasion – to celebrate the completion of their 1,000th new home in Cornwall for local families – so we invited the school children of Connor Downs Academy to rise to the challenge.

The unique idea chosen was to turn the 1,000th home into a house decorated with pictures of local scenes or people painted by Connor Downs’ children along with prints of some of the world’s best known pictures, including The Mona Lisa.

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As part of the official opening, by Ocean’s Group Chairman, Dennis Spilsbury, guests entered the 1,000th home and were greeted by a wonderful sea of art from the local children within the one off ‘Art House’. Continue reading

Housing Heroes Award – Finalists!

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Congratulations to our Development team who, in recognition of all their hard work over the last year, have just been shortlisted as finalists of the ‘Housing Heroes Awards 2016’!

These national awards celebrate the ‘unsung’ heroes of the Housing world.

The team has surpassed their targets, delivered award winning schemes, created local jobs and provided learning and development opportunities for staff. Continue reading

LABC Award for Trevone

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Trevone GCI view 2 150408 smlThe Ocean Housing Development team are delighted to receive an LABC award for ‘Best Housing Development’ in recognition of the high standards and quality of build delivered by the team and construction company, Gilbert & Goode.

This is a highly respected endorsement, further attesting that Ocean’s strategy is paying off – that it is possible to provide quality and affordable homes for the people of Cornwall who have been steadily priced out of the market in the area where they grew up.

For further information, contact the Development team. Continue reading

#HousingDay

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This year, #HousingDay will take place on 18th November 2015 to celebrate the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK.

Proud Tenant

This year’s theme is Proud Tenant, so we want to hear from you!

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of where you live?
(eg. have you worked hard to improve your home or garden?)

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of your community?
(eg. have you organised a community event?)

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of what you do?
(eg. are you a carer?)

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of what you have achieved?
(eg. have you overcome adversity or done anything for charity?)

Tell your Story

**If you have a story to tell us, please write in to Ocean, using the form below and don’t forget to upload your photos.**

We’ll post up your stories and photos on our website and share them on social media to change perceptions of Social Tenants.

Social Media

Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for stories by #ukhousing landlords, staff & #proudtenants to find out more about the work that goes on to improve people’s lives.

Share this page using the ‘Share’ tool below the contact form.

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The Aladdin Effect – New For Old

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Ocean Housing declared the new Windmill House officially open on 11th August, transforming the quality of life for older people.

Ocean Housing and Steve Double MP, were thrilled to officially open an exciting £1.8million development which has delivered twelve affordable apartments in the popular port of Fowey, earlier this week.

The new self-contained, one-bedroomed apartments at Windmill House address the need for high-quality, yet affordable rented housing designed specifically for over 55’s in the sought-after area.

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New for Old

Far from your ‘run of the mill’ development, the new Windmill House replaces a former 1960s supported housing scheme and incorporates a resident’s roof garden with views across the valley. The impressive design also includes useful features such as a mobility scooter store and a comfortable communal lounge.

A handful of original residents have moved back into the new Windmill House after the old building was demolished and deemed ‘out of date’.

Resident Ron said

“I can’t thank Ocean enough; I’m over the moon with my new apartment and can’t knock it. It’s the finest thing to happen in Fowey”.

The scheme was made possible thanks to joint funding from Ocean Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency, with added support from Cornwall Council and Fowey Town Council.

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“Building more affordable homes in rural areas like Fowey brings an array of benefits to the whole community. Not only does the new Windmill House help those over the age of 55 to remain living in the area, its unique features will have a positive impact on the quality of life for the local people” added Steve Double MP.

Oceans Group Chief Executive, David Renwick said

“We are delighted to provide high-quality homes for over 55’s in the area and would like to thank everyone for their help and support for such a fantastic housing project in the town”. 

The residents are now making good use of the roof garden. They are putting in an application for our Treasure Chest fund to purchase some garden furniture – to leisurely make the most of the roof-top views!

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