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Site visit for new Director

Our new Director of Homes and Neighbourhoods has been seeing first hand the progress that’s being made on our Cornish new-build schemes.

As part of his efforts to get to know all aspects of our business, Carl Brazier visited two of our sites to check out our completed homes and chat to staff and residents.

His first port of call was at Copper Downs in St Ann’s Chapel, where we've got 13 homes at the development. It's being built by local firm Ferndale Developers and is due to be finished this month.

These include eight for affordable rent and five for shared ownership sale through SO Living.

He viewed an empty flat and met Laura and Simon, the new occupiers of a neighbouring flat.

The couple are from the South West but have recently been living in Scotland. They jumped at the chance to move back to the area when the flat became available.

Laura said: “We’re nearer to family and it’s much quieter here – although I think Cornwall is actually colder than Scotland!"

Next stop for Carl was Meadowbrook at Callington, a Baker Estates development. Our allocation is 36 homes for affordable rent and 15 for shared ownership. Our homes sit alongside 120 homes for open market sale by Baker.

Carl said: “It’s great to get out and about, meet some of our customers and see the area. I was impressed with the homes.

“I always like to compare our new builds to our regular empty properties – how do they differ? There shouldn’t really be greatly different in terms of the basic standard although I appreciate a shiny new home may well come across as a bit better.

"The reason that I believe there should not be too great a difference between a new build and a relet, is, if we allocate two properties to two sisters, is it right one sister gets a better property?

“Our empty properties are of a good standard though. We clearly do quite a bit of work on redecorating before they are let.”

All our homes are being let or sold as part of a Section 106 agreement with Cornwall Council, which means first preference will go to buyers and renters with a local connection.

Another Cornish development in the pipeline is our partnership with Wainhomes in Liskeard. We have just exchanged contracts with the developer, who is building 46 homes for us – 32 for affordable rent and 14 for shared ownership sale.