And that makes 1,000!
Social landlord Coastline Housing has completed its 1,000th new build home in Cornwall.
The milestone was reached at Heartlands with one of the housing charity’s new ‘Rent to Buy’ properties.
Under the Rent to Buy scheme, the Government offers grant or low cost loans to landlords to build homes to be let at sub-market rent for a minimum of five years to households who have never owned a home before. The tenants can then use this fixed period of support to help save for a deposit and achieve their aspiration of home ownership, either by buying the home they are renting or another one.
The fortunate customers moving into the 1,000th home were Mark and Angie Dolton, who have three children.
Mark, a Team Leader who works with adults with learning disabilities, and Angie, who works at St Julia’s Hospice, had previously been renting in the private sector for 11 years. They had moved nine times during this period and struggled to save for a deposit for a home of their own due to the extremely high cost of private sector renting.
Angie said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to be moving into this home, it means so much to us. We kept thinking that it was too good to be true and that we’d be told it wasn’t happening at some point, but now the day has arrived and we’re so happy it’s here.”
Mark and Angie broke the happy news of the new house to their children on Christmas morning by reading them a poem that they had written themselves announcing the exciting move.
Mark added: “We’d recommend this process without a doubt. We’re both from the Redruth area and Heartlands is a special place for us. To look out every morning and see the views here is very meaningful for us.”
This property is one of 90 new homes developed by Coastline at Heartlands thanks to funding of £3.2million from Cornwall Council and Homes England.
Built by Kier Living, 20 of the homes on site are part of the Rent to Buy scheme, 54 were for affordable rent and 16 homes were offered for shared ownership (part-buy, part-rent).
Allister Young, CEO of Coastline Housing, said: “We are incredibly proud to have reached this milestone and given 1,000 more families an affordable home in Cornwall. This means that over the past year, Coastline was responsible for more than one in three of all new affordable homes built in Cornwall - and more than one in ten of all new homes built. I was incredibly touched to hear of Mark and Angie’s story leading up to this moment, and wish them all the best in their new home.”