A development of 40 new homes at Marazion has been granted planning permission and will help provide new affordable housing.
Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee this morning voted unanimously to approve the plans to build the homes on land at Churchway, Marazion.
The development will include 14 affordable houses on the site with 10 for affordable rent and four for affordable sales.
While the level of affordable housing on the site is just 35% councillors heard that the development will also provide money to build affordable homes elsewhere in Cornwall.
The development is part of the Homes for Cornwall project which is being run by Cornwall Council in partnership with housebuilder Galliford Try.
Under the project Cornwall Council is using its own land to help provide affordable houses as well as other good quality homes.
The sale of the land will provide funding which will be invested in building affordable homes on other sites.
“The Marazion site will provide 14 affordable homes, 35%, and a land value to the council.
“If this site was required to provide 50% affordable housing this would see an additional six affordable homes provided.
“However, the land receipt generated from the site will allow for the purchase of a site that will provide a minimum of nine affordable homes, therefore by providing 35% affordable housing on this site the provision of the land receipt allows the council to provide more affordable homes collectively than what would be provided on this site in isolation”.
Planning Officer Chantal McLennan
Homes For Cornwall has provided new homes in Shortlanesend, Madron, Wadebridge, Blackwater, St Breward and Penzance.
“A comment I have heard from residents is if we need to build affordable homes then why don’t you use council-owned land and that is what we are doing here”.
Committee Member Joyce Duffin
Under the plans in Marazion an area of public open space will be created to the west of the site and a footpath which runs through the site will be diverted.
The plans were approved unanimously.
Source: By Richard White House