New affordable homes coming to Bodmin

Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) will be delivering more affordable homes for South East Cornwall after securing a range of two, three and four bedroom properties in Bodmin.

PCH is the largest social housing landlord in Plymouth, managing 16,000 homes within the city, as well as across the surrounding drive to work area within South and West Devon and South East Cornwall.

The organisation has purchased 24 homes within the Highfield Park development in Bodmin, one of Cornwall’s oldest towns, which will be made available for affordable rent and shared ownership purchase.

Of the 24 homes, 17 will be offered for affordable rent to local people, including a mix of one-bedroom flats and two, three and four bedroom houses.

There will be seven homes available for shared ownership purchase through our sales brand SO Living, including a selection of two and three bedroom houses.

The Highfield Park development is being built by Pearce Fine Homes and is located close to a wide range of amenities including schools, a college, shops and major supermarkets.

The new-build Bodmin homes have been purchased thanks to PCH working in partnership with Cornwall Council through the Cornwall Housing Partnership.

The acquisition follows affordable homes secured by PCH at development sites in the area surrounding Plymouth in recent years including at sites in Liskeard, Callington, St Ann’s Chapel, Yelverton, Newton Ferrers, Sherford and Tavistock.

Claire Andrew, Project Manager at PCH, said: “Highfield Park will be Plymouth Community Homes’ second project with Pearce Fine Homes, and we were delighted with the standard of homes they created so it’s great to be working with such a well-regarded local developer again.

“We’re very grateful to our partners at Cornwall Council, as we would not have been able to secure these homes without their commitment to deliver affordable homes for local people.”

Nick Jackson, Director of Business Services and Development at PCH, said: “There remains significant demand for affordable housing in the region, so we are very pleased to secure these high quality, modern homes in Bodmin, within the wider travel to work area surrounding Plymouth, to benefit local people.

“Our new Mission set out in the recently launched Strategic Business Plan is to provide a high quality, affordable home for everyone who needs one, and we have set ourselves key objectives to develop and acquire new homes in and around Plymouth over the next five years to help us meet this challenge.

“The 24 properties we have acquired at a sought-after development in Bodmin will be made available for affordable rent to those in housing need, as well as for shared ownership purchase to help more people get onto the property ladder.”

Ben Pearce, Managing Director at Pearce Fine Homes, said: “We are pleased to be working with Plymouth Community Homes on this development and delighted to be part of a scheme to assist in delivering our quality affordable housing.”

Olly Monk, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “With more than 22,500 households on our social housing register and around 750 households in temporary accommodation, we are seeing an unprecedented need in Cornwall for housing.

“Providing homes for local residents is our top priority and this partnership with PCH means we can provide much needed homes in areas where there is high demand.”

The first affordable homes to be offered for rent or shared ownership sale through PCH will be available from summer 2023.

For more information or to register an interest in one of the shared ownership homes, visit the SO Living website.