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Grant funding secured for Polgrean redevelopment

Ocean Housing has recently secured £3 million of funding to help provide high quality, affordable homes for people in St Blazey.

The grants have been awarded by Cornwall Council and Homes England, and will help to fund future phases of Ocean’s multi-million-pound project at Polgrean Place, including nine properties for rent, five for shared ownership, and a bespoke block of 16 flats for older people.

Managing director of Ocean Housing, Frances Turner, said: “We are so grateful for the support of our grant funding partners, which along with our own significant investment, has enabled us to undertake this large and complex redevelopment project.

“We have worked closely with our partners in ensuring we deliver a new lease of life for this community in St Blazey.”

Overall, the scheme will provide a total of 60 new homes for rent and shared ownership, as well as two commercial units and a community space which are already in progress. The first phase of ten two and three-bedroomed homes for rent is also underway, and will be ready for families to move into by summer 2021.

“We have worked closely with our partners in ensuring we deliver a new lease of life for this community in St Blazey.” – Frances Turner, Managing Director of Ocean Housing.

Our sister company, Gilbert & Goode, is the main building contractor for the development. It is the Ocean Group’s biggest project to date, and has been widely welcomed by the community.

Frances added: “We have a shortage of high quality accommodation suitable for older people in Cornwall, particularly in the St Austell area, so we are really pleased to be able to provide a bespoke block of flats for them at Polgrean.

“It will be built to national design standards for older people, and will include facilities such as internal mobility scooter storage, a communal social space with kitchenette, and a landscaped communal garden exclusively for the older residents.

“Our project is also providing our very first homes to be available for shared ownership in St Blazey. These homes will be exclusively available to people who have a connection to the local area, and we are looking forward to speaking with those who are interested in getting their foot on the housing ladder.”

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