"Cornwall needs to break the static development cycle and move forward."
“CORNWALL needs to enable the market to move forward to help alleviate the housing crisis.”
That’s the message coming from Stephen Evans, commercial property and planning lawyer at Coodes Solicitors.
Stephen, who has recently joined the firm’s commercial property team as a planning specialist, believes that Cornish youngsters are still being priced out of the market due to the housing shortfalls.
“Having worked in local government in the South West I know how the wheels turn. Developers and planners need to establish a working solution that enables good quality affordable houses to be built, without creating cheap, characterless boxes.” Said Stephen.
“As we all know, stifled supply simply inflates prices, which badly affects those just starting out.
“If Cornwall can solve that problem it will lead the way for the rest of the UK.”
The Launceston based solicitor who has a very strong planning background says action is needed now to prevent these issues being compounded in the future.
“Cornwall is a beautiful place to live, and as is always the way with beautiful places, more and more people want to live here.
“Developers need to be encouraged to build homes with sensible, affordable development schemes that work for everyone to provide actual houses in the areas that people want to live.
“The challenge is to ensure those developments are sympathetically situated and in keeping with the environment.”
Speaking about other economic factors, that affect the Cornish property market, Stephen concluded.
“We have to be realistic about how high wages can go in Cornwall so making homes affordable is the only way to deal with the disparity between house prices and earnings.
“The thinking needs to be joined up to make this happen, and a good legal team can help facilitate this at all stages of the process.”