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Plans for Polgrean to go ahead

Plans to build 60 affordable homes in St Blazey have been approved by Cornwall Council.

Polgrean Place is an ambitious £12 million affordable housing scheme from Ocean Housing, providing 51 units for rent, nine for shared ownership, two commercial units, and a community space. It will replace existing flats, Cornish units, and six commercial buildings.

In November, Ocean Housing is to stage an event for previous residents and the wider community, to say farewell to the estate, and share memories of living there.

Mark Gardner, chief executive of Ocean Housing Group, said: “Ocean Housing is committed to investing in its existing homes and communities. It is time for the area to be rejuvenated, yet we should remember that many families have fond memories of growing up and living in the area, so we would like to invite them to share their memories, and commemorate an end of an era.”

There will be a memory board for photographs to be shared at the event on 22 November 2019, which Ocean Housing would like to use to decorate hoardings around the site during its redevelopment.

“We look forward to being able to start the development and provide quality affordable homes to people in and around St Blazey.” – Mark Gardner, Chief Executive of Ocean Housing Group.

Demolition is scheduled to start in January 2020, and it is anticipated the whole redevelopment will take around two and a half years to complete. Gilbert & Goode, Ocean’s sister company, will be undertaking the build which is to be of traditional design, including pitched roofs, and an external finish using a combination of stone and render.

The scheme will be carried out across several phases and comprises a selection of one, two, and three-bedroomed affordable flats and houses. It will incorporate parking, gardens and landscaping, with a small community hub to be used by local businesses and community groups.

Mark Gardner continued: “Polgrean Place is Ocean Housing’s largest scheme to date and we would like to thank the local councillors, which have been very supportive of this project.

“Our thanks also extend to the local community which has positively supported the re-development and provided constructive feedback during the consultation period. We look forward to being able to start the development and provide quality affordable homes to people in and around St Blazey.”

The first family homes are expected to be completed and ready for occupation by spring 2021.

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