Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps, who is also a cabinet member as Minister without Portfolio, highlighted housebuilding’s vital role in boosting the UK economy when he visited The View development, being delivered in Cornwall by our South West region.
He arrived in Wadebridge for a tour of the 48 quality homes, of which half are for a local affordable housing provider, Aster, to help address the shortage of attainable properties in the area.
The £5.5 million scheme has also supported over 70 jobs, including the creation of 44 jobs on-site. Ninety per cent of the contractors are from Cornwall and Devon, and seven apprentices have learned their crafts there.
Mr Shapps said: “As former housing minister, I know just how important housebuilding is for our economic recovery in North Cornwall and indeed nationally, through the homes that are provided and the jobs and apprenticeships which are created.
“The Coalition Government will continue to put in place measures like the Help to Buy scheme and reforms to the planning system to support home ownership, new development and affordable housing.”
Linden Homes is the national housebuilding arm of Galliford Try Plc, whose chief executive, Greg Fitzgerald, said: “It was very encouraging to have a cabinet minister visit The View to see for himself the significant benefit that housebuilding delivers into local communities.”
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