School children launch affordable homes scheme in Redruth

Children from a local school have helped launch an exciting project that will see disused land in Redruth transformed into affordable housing.

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is developing the land at Wheal Harmony to create 65 new family homes that will be made available on an affordable rental basis. This will include 8 one-bedroom apartments and 57 houses ranging in size from one to five bedrooms.

The £7.25 million project, supported by a £1.61 million investment by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will be built in partnership with Sanctuary’s contractor Kier Living. As well as providing new homes, the development is also set to create employment and training opportunities on the site, including new apprenticeships.

Neil Clements, Sanctuary’s development manager for Cornwall, said:

“This is a significant development set to provide much needed affordable homes for Redruth. Understanding the positive impact this will have for many families in the area, we have chosen to mark the start of work at the site by involving some of the younger members of the local community.

“Hopefully many of these will see not only the short term benefits associated with the project, but will still be in the area in the long term to see the regeneration of Wheal Harmony through both the first and future phases of the scheme.”

He explained that Sanctuary’s contractor, Kier, has been along to the local school to talk to children about the housing project. As well as highlighting building site safety, the visit to Treleigh Community Primary School also included the launch of a competition inviting the children to devise a selection of road names to be used at the new development.

Their suggestions will be forwarded to Cornwall Council for a final decision and the children whose proposed street names were shortlisted were invited along to the Wheal Harmony site on Thursday (5 December) to help lay foundations. Representatives from Cornwall Council also joined Sanctuary, Kier and the children to this start on site ceremony.

John Titcombe, Director at Kier Living, added:

“We are delighted to be delivering the Wheal Harmony development as the creation of affordable homes in the area is vital. The houses will be built to the latest sustainability code which means they will be highly efficient and will help families reduce their energy bills. I would hope that some of the children that attended today will see their own families able to enjoy these new homes in the future.”

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Homes and Communities, said:

“This is a great scheme and demonstrates the partnership way of working which is helping the Council to deliver much needed affordable homes for needy families, and will also enhance the area.”

Versha Koria, HCA Area Manager, said:

“This is another important development for Cornwall which will transform this site in Redruth to provide welcome and much-needed affordable homes for local people.

“These homes will also have a positive impact on the local economy by providing jobs and training for people. It is great to see the community getting behind this important, exciting development.”

Helen Collinge, Headteacher at Treleigh Community Primary School, added:

“We are very excited to be involved in naming the roads in the Wheal Harmony development. It really captured the children’s imagination and led to some great discussions. It was difficult to choose just three from all their fantastic ideas but we are happy with the winning suggestions. We all enjoyed the very informative safety assembly with Kieron the builder and I am confident that our pupils will now be able to act safely near the building site.”

The 65 new homes on the Wheal Harmony site are due to be completed in early 2015.