Westward provides affordable rent homes as housing report reveals 19,000 local families on waiting list in Cornwall

Westward Housing Group is working with developer Wainhomes to provide 18 affordable homes for rent at Probus in West Cornwall and 12 at Borough View in Bodmin becoming available shortly.

There are now nearly 19,000 local families on Cornwall Council’s housing waiting list for affordable housing in Cornwall, according to a report from the National Housing Federation launched today.

A new report ‘South West Home Truths 2017/18’ is launched today [Friday 23 March] at an event with Cornwall Council.

The average private monthly rent in Cornwall is £648. For a worker on average earnings in Cornwall (£22,443) this would absorb over a third of their income. Affordable homes for rent from housing associations are therefore critical to the local people.

A total of 18 Westward homes are being built at Tregony View, Probus. Of these eight are one-bedroom flats, one is a two-bedroom coach house, four are two-bedroom, four are three-bedroom and one is a four-bedroom home – all for affordable rent.

The properties are being built in two phases with the first 6 units ready in May 2018 and the remaining 12 to follow later. This is part of a larger development that Wainhomes is building in the area.

Tregony View is a brand new development of stunning family homes situated in the small village of Probus, just a few miles from the county town of Truro. Probus takes its name from its church which has the tallest tower in Cornwall at 129 feet (39 m) high. The village is close to the railway and A390 giving good transport links.

At the same time, in Bodmin, 12 homes are being built for Westward by Wainhomes. Borough View provides four two-bedroom homes and eight three-bedroom homes, all for rent and available in two phases – 6 in May and 6 later in the summer. This adds to 11 Westward homes previously built on the site.

These family homes are conveniently located for the town centre, coast, main commuter routes A30 and A38, Bodmin Parkway railway station and Beacon Technology Park. With stunning surroundings, there is also a nearby nature reserve.

Westward Development Manager Chris Duggan said it was great to work with quality developers in areas with high demand from local people for affordable housing. He said:

“The ratio of house prices to incomes in Cornwall is 10.9 according to the new Home Truths South West report launched by the National Housing Federation today.

Housing associations provided over 680 homes in Cornwall and these added around £32.2m to the Cornish economy, while supporting more than 670 FTE jobs.

Westward is always looking for opportunities to build homes and we were pleased to help the developer meet their planning objectives for inclusion of affordable housing.”

These homes will be marketed on Cornwall Home Choice for local people in housing need.