Carn Thomas Housing Scheme Could Include Some Private Development

old school carn thomas 2 2014The proposed scheme for affordable homes on the old secondary school site at Carn Thomas could be opened up to some private development.

Housing officer Ian Hamilton said he was looking at a range of different ways to make the project better value for money.

That follows talks with the Homes and Communities Agency, who say that the cost of building on the site is much more than they’d pay elsewhere in the country.

The Council would need to “bring more money to the table” to have a chance of getting funding, said Ian.

Other ideas discussed previously have included the Council paying to demolish the old building, to reduce the cost and risk for any building contractor.

An application to the HCA for funding to build at least twenty, two-bedroomed specialist homes on the site had been turned down in January.

Cornwall Rural Housing Association, who have partnered with the Council to develop the plans, has decided not to apply for cash from the next phase of the government’s Affordable Housing Programme.

But Ian says there’s a chance they could apply to another scheme, the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, which is focused on accommodation for elderly and disabled people.

Anther impediment to the project is a covenant on the site, which gives the Duchy final say over the design of any scheme. Ian says those discussions are ongoing but he doesn’t expect it to stop any future work.

Cllr Marian Bennett said the Committee Chairman, Cllr Richard McCarthy had “worked his socks off” to get the project going.

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