1 School expansion
…and maybe an award
– that calls for a coffee!
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.
In 2009, Ocean Housing acquired 8 acres of land in the area, with a plan to develop a series of new communities for local people. Fast forward to 2017 and Ocean Housing have completed the fourth scheme in Fraddon consisting of 28 properties; 15 affordable rented and 6 shared ownership homes to local people. 7 units were also completed and sold to Ocean’s sister company, Gilbert & Goode, for sale on the open market, which helped to fund the scheme.
Kate Kennally, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, remarked on how this fourth phase was truly delivered for local people:
‘20 of the 21 affordable homes were sold or let to those with a primary Parish connection. This means that local people get to stay in an area where they worked or grew up.’
After the success of Ocean’s previous schemes in Fraddon, there were still more parcels of land which could have been used for additional housing developments. However, the local school, Indian Queens Primary, was at capacity and in critical need of expansion. The remaining land owned by Ocean Housing was the only suitable site in the area to facilitate expanding the school. Ocean Housing worked closely with Cornwall Council to identify an unused parcel of land in Camelford, a former primary school, which was successfully swapped for the land in Fraddon.
Frances Turner, Managing Director of Ocean Housing commented on the achievements the swap brought about:
‘Positive working and good co-operation amongst all parties allowed a solution which all were happy with. Indian Queens primary was able to expand, Ocean was able to secure a site and deliver 32 affordable homes in Camelford.’
‘Best Partnership’ Award
This model of collaborative working has been recognised by Inside Housing, a national publication which covers the United Kingdom’s social housing sector. Ocean Housing and Cornwall Council has been shortlisted for Inside Housing’s Development Awards 2017 in the category of ‘Best Partnerships’ alongside many other esteemed Housing Associations from across the country. The pair will now cross their fingers and await the results to be announced in November – watch this space!