PRLog - July 7, 2011 - Planning permission has been granted for the development of a further 45 new homes on the outskirts of Padstow in Cornwall, and local residents are being offered first choice.
Paul Stephens, Poltair Homes - at the Padstow site
Truro-based developer Poltair Homes can now confirm that half of the development will be affordable housing and the open market houses will be offered exclusively to local residents for the first three months of sale.
An appeal was granted last month to enable Poltair Homes to begin work on Trecerus Farm, Padstow beside the B3276 approach road to the town.
This will provide some much needed housing for local people in the area. 22 of the affordable homes now being built will be rented, and 23 of the 45 additional homes will be for sale by way of shared ownership.
The remaining 22 houses will be offered for sale only to local residents for the first three months of marketing. Director of Poltair Homes, Paul Stephens explains the reason for this significant decision.
"Our three month exclusivity is our way of giving local people the best opportunity we can to buy a home in the area that they may have grown up in or work in. Padstow is home to property prices that outstrip what many can afford and we think it's vital to redress the balance. In addition, these houses will not be allowed to be used for short term renting for holiday use, so we can be sure that the local community will flourish at Trecerus Farm."
Cornwall Council and its predecessor, North Cornwall District Council, have refused open market housing development to Padstow for over ten years, despite the town's acute need for affordable homes which, when public funding is restricted, are needed to help their infrastructure costs for affordable housing.
As well as its local impact on Padstow, this development in fact marks a turning point for the whole of the county.
Since 2004 the local planning authority has been unable to allocate housing as it has been without an up to date district plan or county plan, or a Local Development Framework. In the absence of such a plan the Council initially refused planning to Poltair before the appeal overturned this decision.
This successful appeal sets a positive framework for future planning in Cornwall. The government is planning for 232,000 houses to be built this year to house the UK's increasing population, a significant increase on last year's figure of 120,000 houses actually delivered. Cornwall Council's own planning policies will propose an increase in housing output in Cornwall.
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Photos: Please find attached two low res photos of Paul Stephens - Director of Poltair Homes, on site. Higher res and alternative versions are available on request.
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