Bodmin whole new neighbourhood to include 51 ‘local parish homes’

(l-r) Giles Corby,  Zeth Buscomb bricklaying apprentice, bunnyhomes founder Tracey Kent, Linda Taylor, Leader of Conrwall Council and Olly Monk, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Cornwall Council
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A developer says its new neighbourhood in Cornwall will include 51 ‘local parish homes’. The construction of 170 homes in a development at Bodmin boasted as having 'Georgian elegance" with a spa park has kicked off with the laying of a stone by stakeholders.

Linda Taylor, leader of Cornwall Council, and Tracey Kent, founder of bunnyhomes, laid the stone at one of the new homes under construction at The Watchmaker’s in Bodmin. They said the occasion marked the partnership between bunnyhomes and Cornwall Council.

The site will have 51 homes that the company prefers to call 'local parish homes' as opposed to 'affordable homes' as it says they are "built for people in the area to afford". Ms Kent gave members of Cornwall Council, Bodmin Town Council and other local council, business, and neighbourhood representatives a tour of the newly launched showhomes.

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Ms Kent said: “We are extremely proud to have worked closely with Cornwall Council to bring our local parish homes to The Watchmaker’s and after years of planning it was wonderful to welcome Linda and key members of the team and councillors to finally see our vision brought to life. We are committed to creating new neighbourhoods across Cornwall and Devon that will stand the test of time and remain beautiful, vibrant communities for future generations.”

Most of the development will be open market homes - 95 two, three and four-bedroom homes for private sale and 24 apartments for private rent.

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Councillor Taylor said: “Tackling the housing crisis is one of the Council’s top priorities so to see these new homes in Bodmin, and to get a sense of how the community will benefit from them as places where families can live and grow, is a pleasure. As a Council we are investing in building new homes for social rent, affordable rent and shared ownership across Cornwall.

"Alongside this it is important developers understand the role they have in delivering the affordable housing element of open market schemes. Therefore, I am always pleased to see affordable housing being delivered to meet local housing need.”

Councillor Olly Monk, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for planning and housing, who also attended, said: “Delivering the homes that Cornwall needs at the right time and in terms of quality and standard is a priority. Importantly, bunnyhomes has proven various price points can be achieved whilst maintaining these standards from the affordable homes to starter homes for people buying for the first time, to established family homes. It’s also really good to see that the homes are already disability accessible.”

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