TKP acting on behalf of Carillion-Igloo and Coastline is delighted that Cornwall Council has granted consent for a pioneering new development on strategic brownfield land in the town of Pool, delivering innovative homes to a wide range of tenures, including custom build, affordable and over 50’s accommodation. The former mining and industrial land contains two neighbouring sites which, over the next few years, will deliver 54 custom build, 70 affordable and 20 open market dwellings.
The scheme is the first and largest pilot implemented by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to kick-start the Government’s commitment to maximising opportunities for custom build homes. This comes at a time when custom build is being championed by the Government as a progressive delivery mechanism outside the traditional, volume house building model. It taps into growing demand among the British public to create their own home. A quote from ‘Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England’, November 2011 explains that:
“Custom Build Housing brings a number of benefits: it provides affordable bespoke-designed market housing, promotes design quality, environmental sustainability, and it drives innovation in building techniques and entrepreneurialism”.
Custom build offers more certainty that self build as it delivers a plot that has outline consent and is serviced. The plot purchasers will select from a pre-approved panel of manufacturers/builders to develop detailed drawings and obtain Reserved Matters consent. They will work within a Design Code as a means of ensuring that their home complies with a set of parameters for volume, height and palette of materials.
The 49% affordable housing is another key benefit of the scheme and includes flats designated to local people aged 50 and over.
There has been constructive engagement with the Council throughout the planning application process which assisted with the speedy approval.
This consolidates work undertaken by TKP elsewhere in Cornwall including recent consent for residential development at Tolgus in neighbouring Redruth. The Camborne, Pool and Redruth urban area is a focus for significant regeneration and housing growth to 2026 and TKP is proud to be playing its part in delivering new homes in Cornwall.