Have your say on affordable home building in the Duchy

Thursday 8th November 2018 02:33 GMT

Residents have been urged to have their say on how affordable new homes should be built in Cornwall.

The draft Supplementary Planning Document is out for consultation until 5pm on 30 November. 

Once finalised, it will provide guidance for developers, landowners and the general public on how affordable homes need to be built as part of any new property development. 

Last year, of the 3,400 properties built in Cornwall, more than 900 were affordable homes, the majority of which were made available for people to rent.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Planning Bob Egerton said: “With high house prices and lower than average wages, there are plenty of people living in Cornwall who need help finding a home. This is why Cornwall Council is working hard to provide more affordable homes for local people.

“This Supplementary Planning Document will help us achieve this by ensuring that developers, landowners and individuals proposing to build in Cornwall are clear they must be building the right homes in the right places for the right people.”

The Supplementary Planning Document will also give guidance to those proposing to self-build and to those building specialist housing for the elderly and disabled. For example, there is guidance for developers building self-contained homes with design features and support services available to help more elderly residents live independently.

Cllr Egerton added: “Strong planning policies are vital in ensuring new development is of the highest quality that meets the needs of our residents, while helping us resist unwanted and speculative development so we can preserve our precious environment and plan for and deliver the infrastructure that businesses and our communities need and want.”

Further details and the document are available: -

  • From a link on the front page of the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk
  •  In Libraries and Information Service offices across Cornwall
  • Through the online planning portal on the Council website www.cornwall.gov.uk/planning using the planning application number PA18/00003/SPD. 

Members of the public and organisations are invited to make representations before 30 November 2018.

Last year, of the 3,400 new homes built over 900 were affordable homes, the majority of which were for rent.

All of them are let by Cornwall Council and its housing association partners through a single housing register called Homechoice. To be eligible to bid for an affordable rented home through Homechoice, applicants must have a local connection to Cornwall.

There are currently over 17,300 households on the Homechoice Register

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