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Cabinet to consider plans for council buildings being sold for use as social housing

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet committee will meet next week to discuss the continuing transformation of the authority’s estate, which could see the creation of affordable social housing in Camborne.

Work started to address issues over the council’s property portfolio in March 2020, when the buildings owned at locations across Cornwall were assessed as being ‘not fit for purpose, too large and not sustainable in the long term’.

The programme was then accelerated by the change to a new ‘normal’ flexible way of working for staff, which was initially driven by the lockdowns during the Covid pandemic.

The changes will enable the council to reduce the number of buildings it owns, reducing costs and the burden on the taxpayer, while being able to release sites for social housing projects.

The report due before the Cabinet next week is focussed on the future of the council offices at Dolcoath Road in Camborne, and proposes the buildings are closed, demolished and redeveloped for social housing.

A recent study has shown that the building only operates at 10% of its capacity, with an average of 60 staff per day in an office designed for 600 people.

The plans will be discussed by the Cabinet, and feedback from the Customer and Support Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be considered.

Cllr Linda Taylor, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “These are complex and detailed plans, which we will need to consider carefully, while also listening to those who will be most affected by any decision.

“As with all of our work, we will ensure that any decision made helps us achieve our objectives; to create a thriving, sustainable Cornwall, which is a brilliant place to grow up, with vibrant, safe and supportive communities, run by an enterprising and empowering organisation.

“These plans have the potential to reduce our costs and carbon imprint as an organisation, while helping address the housing shortage for our residents.

“I look forward to being able to discuss them in detail with my Cabinet colleagues and hear the views of other members.”

Next week’s meeting will take place at 10am on Wednesday, 19 July in the Trelawny Room at County Hall in Truro, and is open to the public.

You will also be able to view proceedings online via the council’s webcast service.

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Published Wednesday, 12 July, 2023