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Housing approved if deal is agreed

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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FIVE new detached bungalows, three of which will be affordable, will be built in Delabole despite objections from the parish council.

Cornwall's East Area Planning Committee granted permission for the homes on agricultural land at Rockhead Street, providing the developers complete a Section 106 legal agreement to secure the affordable housing for local people in perpetuity.

If that agreement is not completed within three months the application will be refused.

The application was called before the committee because St Teath Parish Council had objected to the application while Cornwall Council's own planning officer had recommended approval.

The Cornwall housing register, known as Cornwall Homechoice, says it has 140 applicants registered as in housing need and demonstrating a local connection to St Teath Parish.

The greatest need is for one and two-bedroom homes.

The parish council had objected to the scheme, raising concern in relation to the need for affordable housing in the area.

It said a recent affordable housing scheme saw no demand for sale or shared ownership, and the buildings have since been converted to rental dwellings.

The agent for the application said he already had five people who had shown an interest in the bungalows.

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  • BobToronto  |  January 29 2014, 5:05PM

    Sadly if they ' Gerry built' they will be slums in a couple of generations. Will it be a good buy to buy unaffordable homes next door. May be councils should stay out except to ensure the buildings are structurally sound. The builder is risking money building and the buyers are taking a risk buying. If the latter do not want the risk, they should rent. There are houses available to rent.

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  • rickoon  |  January 29 2014, 10:43AM

    "affordable," to those who can afford to buy (jerry built if you like) the other two will be a little more upper class type of dwellings, you only get what you pay for.

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 29 2014, 8:55AM

    If three are going to be "affordable," then that means two are going to be "unaffordable". How do they propose selling "unaffordable" houses?

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