Cornwall Council has announced that it has received the keys to two of the 130 homes it purchased last year.
Last November, Cornwall Council reached a historic multi-million pound deal to buy 130 homes in West Carclaze Garden Village as part of its efforts to tackle the housing crisis.
The keys to the first two houses have now been handed over to the council, with ten more houses expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
The remaining houses will be turned over to the Council over the next three to four years.
The 130 low-carbon homes will be available for social or affordable rent to local households in need or for condominiums.
Olly Monk, Cornwall Council’s housing and planning portfolio holder, said: “The handover of the first two houses marks the end of more than two years of hard work by the housing delivery team at Council and our Eco-Bos partners.
“We know there is a huge shortage of affordable housing for the people of Cornwall.
“By purchasing these houses, we are ensuring that they are available to local people who need them, and in greater numbers than was originally required by the planning process.
“We also provide condominium homes, helping local people get a first step on the housing ladder.”
“We are facing a serious housing crisis in Cornwall and are taking direct action to provide homes for people who need our help.
“We want to buy many more homes like these and continue to work with partners in the housing market to make that happen.”
Dorian Beresford, Development Manager at Eco-Bos, said: “We are delighted to hand over the keys to the first two houses to Councilor Monk and know that Cornwall Council is as enthusiastic as we are to make our sustainable houses available to residents. people who need it most.
“For us, it’s about much more than providing a roof over their heads or getting people up the housing ladder.
“We make a positive contribution to a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone and reduce energy costs to make life and enjoying life more affordable, without compromising lifestyle.
“It’s a sad reality that in the 21st century people have to choose between food and fuel – a very real problem for so many people.
“It’s a place where families can get more out of their money.
“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Homes England and Cornwall Council, who are leading the way in putting the environment and affordability at the heart of their response to the housing and cost of living crisis.”
Olly Monk continued: “This project is a fantastic example of how we can meet local housing needs in a sustainable way,
“I would like to thank Eco-Bos and Homes England for working with the Council and look forward to offering similar programs in the months to come.”