New Liskeard homes reach topping out milestone
Building work on 46 new homes for local people in Liskeard has reached a major milestone with a topping out ceremony carried out on site.
The Maudlin Farm scheme on land south of Lake Lane on the eastern side of the town is being developed by Treveth, the partnership company set up by Cornwall Council to deliver new homes and commercial development to benefit people who live and work in Cornwall.
To be known as Bann an Hyns, it will feature 35 homes for private rent and 11 affordable homes, including seven affordable rent and four shared ownership properties, available from spring 2022. Construction is being carried out by Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, who got work under way on the project in March 2021.
With the first phase of properties at Maudlin Farm now complete to roof level, the topping out celebrated in traditional fashion the scheme reaching the high point in its construction.
Treveth prioritises local people first when renting its properties, with its developments aimed at households who have local links either through residency, employment or close family.
Tim Mullholland, Managing Director of Treveth, said: “This was our first scheme to start on site in March and it’s great to see progress on these much-needed homes for local people. Since then we have started to build 100 homes in Bodmin and 185 at Tolgus near Redruth, and have planning permission for more than 600 homes over the next three years, all aimed at people living and working in Cornwall.”
Olly Monk, portfolio holder for housing and planning on Cornwall Council, said: “We want to ensure that any homes we build, and can help influence to build, are built for Cornish residents. The Council’s partnership with Treveth will bring a mix of homes to the market from private rent to affordable housing, which will help address local need and provide homes for local people. It is great to see progress on the development at Maudlin Farm – land within a residential area which has sat empty for several years and which next year, will provide homes for 46 local households.”
Nick Craker, Cornwall Council local member for Liskeard Central, said: “We all know the urgency to build new homes in our community. There are over 400 people on the local housing register and what’s really good about this site is that we’re not just building houses, we’re building homes for local people and that’s really good news for Liskeard.”
Treveth has moved away from fossil fuel heating by using greener alternatives to make its new developments low carbon and its homes cheaper to run. Solar energy panels and renewable heating systems are being included on all suitable properties at Maudlin Farm, in line with Treveth and Cornwall Council’s commitment to tackle climate change.
There is also a commitment to using the local supply chain and locally sourced materials where possible so the value of the build is spread through the local economy.
Chris Herron, Operational Manager for Midas, said: “As one of the leading builders of affordable homes in Cornwall, Mi-space is delighted to be working with Treveth and to be celebrating the topping out of this exciting and much-needed new scheme for Liskeard.
“As a Cornwall-based business ourselves, we’re working with our established supply chain to maximise the benefits of the scheme through the use of local subcontractors and suppliers. This includes a number of people working at Maudlin Farm who are near neighbours of the site or live in the town.”
Treveth’s mission is to improve the quality of new homes in Cornwall, especially in the private rented sector, and to foster new communities by offering three-year tenancies as standard.
More information about the Maudlin Farm scheme here.