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New council housing to be built

Council houses are to be built in Cornwall again.

Despite many local authorities selling on their housing stock to housing associations, Carrick District Council properties are still locally managed.

Now the council is the only one in the South West to be given the go-ahead by the government to take part in a pioneering social housing scheme.

Tenants have welcomed the announcement which is claimed to be a return to the more traditional council house system.

These homes will not be subject to the right to buy.
Bert Biscoe, Carrick District Council

Carrick council's portfolio holder for community services, Bert Biscoe, said: "This type of tenure may be slightly different, but to all intents and purposes it's the same.

"The council will be building houses they will own and these homes will not be subject to the right to buy."

The scheme will be funded by the government's housing corporation under the affordable homes initiative.

The council said it would begin on a small scale, with about eight new homes, but it hoped to be building between 30 and 40 new homes a year by 2012.

Waiting list

Grenville Chappel, who lives on the Old Hill council estate in Falmouth and is a spokesman for the local tenants' association, told BBC there was a big demand for council housing.

"Loads of tenants have still got daughters and sons living with them and some of them with children of their own," he said.

"Many are not living in ideal conditions, purely because they can't get on the council list and move up quick enough because of the demand.

"There are about 2,500 people waiting for houses in this area, so I'm delighted."

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