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.
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.
“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.”
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.
The Homes for Britain Campaign visited St. Austell to video real people offering real opinions about the need for more affordable housing in Cornwall. These videos have been collated and taken to Westminster for politicians to watch in the run up to the Election.
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.
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”.
‘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.
Ocean supports the National Housing Federation’s “Homes for Britain” Campaign and currently has properties available for both rent and sale.
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Ocean’s WW1 Memorial has been unveiled to remember the fallen, injured and those who have served in the armed forces over the last 100 years.
WW1 Memorial Design Challenge
Following on from last summer’s schools challenge – to design a Memorial to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 – the memorial has now been unveiled at Ocean’s headquarters on 28th October 2014.
Scott Green (RAF and a former local school boy from Penrice Academy, St. Austell) had the honour of unveiling the memorial and also switching on the lights to illuminate Ocean’s Giant Poppy on the front of the building. The Giant Poppy was created to support the Royal British Legion’s (Cornwall Branch) annual poppy appeal.
Scott, who serves with the RAF police is one of the last members of the British Forces to leave Afghanistan as the British Troop withdrawal is almost complete.
The memorial, commissioned by the Ocean Group, was made by a number of Ocean apprentices and was the design of Camborne school girl Kimberley Gould.
Ocean’s Group Chief Executive David Renwick commented
“We are delighted that Scott has agreed to unveil the WWI memorial. We are both grateful to the men and women who fought for our freedoms one hundred years ago and in conflicts since then, including Afghanistan. Scott, on his three tours, has lost friends and comrades and it is fitting that an existing serving member of our forces honours us by carrying out the unveiling. Once the Remembrance ceremonies are over, the search will be on to find a permanent home for Cornwall’s stunning WWI memorial”.
Ocean’s Giant Poppy
Also created by Ocean’s apprentices was Ocean’s Giant Poppy. It proudly adorns Ocean’s Headquarters for a second year running and was ceremonially illuminated on the 28th October in support of the Poppy Appeal for the Royal British Legion (Cornwall branch), accompanied by a brass band and poetry reading.