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So far 2015 has proved to be a busy year for our Development Team.

We recently welcomed several families to their new homes which included four rented properties at Heartlands near Redruth, twelve rented properties at St Newlyn East and a further five in Mount Ambrose.

If you’re looking to take the first step on the property ladder, pop down to 3 The Sidings, St Newlyn East for our OPEN DAY on Saturday 11th July 10am – 4pm.

Speak to our Sales Team to learn more about our Shared Ownership homes available in Heartlands and our one-bedroom apartments for over 55’s in Fowey.

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Mevagissey wins best in the West!

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The Ocean Housing Development team were delighted to be awarded Best Residential Development at the RICS Awards South West 2015 for their affordable housing development at Roberts Close, Mevagissey.

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Roberts Close is the second phase of an affordable housing development in the fishing port of Mevagissey, Cornwall. It has been designed and built to carefully meet the needs of the local community.

Roberts Close provides 7 rented, 4 shared-ownership and 5 open-market homes with construction having completed in October 2014. The scheme meets Mevagissey’s housing need where the average house price is 11 times local average salary, thereby pushing local people out of the town and inflating property and land values.

Integration into the Community

A huge amount of community consultation took place on the scheme-design prior to submitting Roberts Close for planning; working closely with the Parish Council. A working group comprising prospective residents and neighbours assisted with completing an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure the scheme met necessary levels of need. From conception, Ocean Housing worked with the local Parish Council and Church Glebe for over ten years to refine and eventually deliver the scheme to be such a success in creating a very mixed-income community.

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At the scheme opening in January 2015, the Dean of Truro commented on how Roberts Close made “…an important contribution and in some way, will help to alleviate the issue for local people and their communities”.

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Catalyst for Economic Activity

Average house prices in Mevagissey are now £234,579; equivalent to 11 times the local average salary. In addition, Mevagissey is ranked among the top ten places in Cornwall for the number of second homes. Cornwall Council confirm that as many as 15% of homes in Mevagissey are second homes. Roberts Close allows local families to remain in, and return to, Mevagissey close to where they work and enabling them to have more disposable income to support local businesses industries, such as fishing; which has been in decline for many years.

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New resident, Craig, states

“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”.

Craig 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. His wife Posey notes

“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.”

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Innovative Design

The design of the Roberts Close includes an update of home-design to integrate seamlessly within the local buildings, using materials such at slate shingle siding and cladding to reflect the historic mining of slate within the area. The homes orientate to realise the full benefit of passive solar gain and so minimise requirement for space heating and associated cost. The considerable challenge of accommodating the homes on a severely sloping site (up to 1:7 in parts) was overcome by creative use of retaining structures and landscaping features to produce an interesting and visually-appealing scheme.

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Sustainable Development Features

The scheme was built to Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 and included the following features;

  • Compact building form and high insulation properties achieving U-values of 0.24W/m2.K and 0.14W/m2.K for external walls and roof respectively.
  • Air source heat pump systems allowing for low cost reliable heating solutions for residents.
  • Building management system provides monitoring for individual heating and water usage to further promote residents’ awareness of their carbon footprint and bills with assistance offered to high users.
  • Contractors adhered to the SMART Waste Plan to manage and minimise waste during construction. This allowed for 87% of the 1,505m³ produced waste to be diverted from landfill.

Possibly of more significance is the socially and economically sustainable neighbourhood that Roberts Close actually creates, mixing people on varying income levels in the three different tenures, whilst facilitating local people to live close to their existing social networks and places of work, and in homes that are efficient and economical to live in.

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Camelford

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The Residents of Camelford are almost certainly aware of the difficulties that local people face when it comes to finding an affordable home in the village they have grown up in. There are currently 183 people on the Cornwall HomeChoice waiting list for Camelford.

Ocean Housing is keen to help alleviate this problem. We have therefore been consulting with Cornwall Council, the Parish Council and local residents for a proposed development of new homes for open market, affordable rent and shared ownership at the Old Primary School site in Camelford.

Key Information

The development plans are presented with a mix of houses, bungalows and apartments to meet the local housing need.

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

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At the Heart of the Community

Ocean Housing offers services to our customers beyond bricks and mortar. Browse our website for how we engage with communities.

Drop-in session

Ocean hosted a drop-in session on June 8th 2015 at Clease Hall, Clease Road, Camelford PL32 9QX.

This was a great opportunity for local residents to:

  • Review the development proposal
  • Talk to the team to clarify any details
  • Understand the real need for affordable housing in Camelford

Online: www.oceanhousing.com/camelford

Tel: 01726 874450

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Pensilva

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Ocean Housing held a public consultation event to inform local residents of the proposed housing development at Pensilva.

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 the short feedback survey at the bottom of this page to tell us what you think.

This survey will close 5pm Wednesday 10th June.

Affordable – Local

Ocean Housing is consulting with Cornwall Council, the Town Council and local residents in advance of our formal planning application for 45 new homes for open market, affordable rent and shared ownership in Pensilva. Pensilva Housetypes

The development proposal is presented in two phases with a mix of 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom houses, bungalows and apartments to help meet the local housing need.

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

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Cornwall delivers record 1,000 affordable homes

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Cornwall is leading the way in the delivery of affordable homes, with over 1,000 homes built between March 2014 and April 2015.  The total exceeds the Council’s target and is the largest number of affordable homes ever delivered in the Duchy in a single year.

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Chelsey Williams recently moved into Carland View in St Newlyn East – the 1,000th affordable home built during the last financial year. Having lived in the village since childhood, Chelsey and her family – husband Adam and children Noah and Ellie-Rae – were delighted to be offered the house through Cornwall Homechoice which is owned and managed by Ocean Housing.

Chelsey said:

“We were over the moon to get one of the new builds within our local village. Me and my husband have both come to love and appreciate over the years of living here, and couldn’t have dreamt of a better village and community for our two young children to grow in it. 

“The house is everything and more we could have dreamt of for the four of us. And we can’t begin to thank everyone enough. If it wasn’t for Ocean and the Council’s hard work, none of this would have been a reality.

“We truly believe these schemes for local people in local villages are fantastic. It allows local people who cannot afford to buy a property the opportunity to have a beautiful home at an affordable price.”

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Ocean Housing MD Frances Turner said:

“Ocean plan to invest in over 500 new affordable homes across the county by 2020, which will support the local economy, help to create jobs and training opportunities. We couldn’t do this without the Council’s progressive approach and support in terms of staff time and investment funding.”

Read the full story how Ocean is working in partnership with Cornwall Council to deliver the houses that are so desperately needed in the county.

£105M for Ocean’s 15th Birthday

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Whilst the world was recovering from the Millennium aftermath there was a celebration of a different kind which took place on February 7th 2000. The Ocean Housing Group that we all know todaycame into being, taking responsibility of more than 3000 homes from the former Restormel Borough Council.

Fast forward fifteen years and Ocean Housing Group is stronger than ever.

15th anniversary 15 balloon At Ocean’s 15th Birthday party held in February earlier this year, Group Chief Executive David Renwick announced a staggering investment plan of £105M. The injection of money is to be spent on further improving existing homes which means new roofs, kitchens and bathrooms along with 500 new, affordable homes for local families.

Chair of the Tenants Panel, Jan said

“We are all delighted with this announcement; what a present! Not only will it improve the lives of hundreds of local people; it will also create much needed jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities. It really shows how committed Ocean is when it comes to investing in local communities”.

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

 

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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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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Homes for Britain

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‘Homes for Britain’ is a national campaign bringing the Housing Crisis to the attention of politicians, asking them: “Can you end the housing crisis within a generation?”

For too long, Housing has been, and still is, low down on voters’ election priorities, because it’s been seen as a personal not a political issue. That’s what we need to change this coming General Election (2015).

…. And we’ll do it by speaking with one voice, demanding one thing.

….That politicians commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation.

The Problem

For decades Britain has failed to build enough new homes and as a nation, we are currently only building half the number we need every year.

This means:

  • Many of us can’t start a family because we can’t afford to move.
  • Many adults still live with parents in overcrowded homes.
  • Many of us struggle to afford to keep a roof over our heads, or become homeless.
  • The housing crisis is affecting people fromall walks of life and all parts of the country.

The Solution

The time has come to end the housing crisis.

For the sake of the next generation we must act now.

The General Election 2015 offers that opportunity to show politicians that the public want to see more homes built and actions taken until everyone has a decent affordable home.

Our work starts with a simple action. A clear message from us all, as voters, that enough is enough. 

All political parties must commit to end the housing crisis within a generation.

Have you taken action to support our campaign?

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Icon Twitter sml Action 1: Take action and contact your local MP and parliamentary candidates

Icon Twitter sml Action 2: Sign up to support the campaign as an individual or  support the campaign as an organisation

Icon Twitter sml Action 3: Use the power of social media to raise our voices as one:

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Real Stories

Homes for Britain aims to show the true impact of the country’s shortage of homes on real people. If you have a story to tell, how Housing has improved your life or can improve the lives of many more, let us know by emailing:

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