A council in Cornwall is getting set to buy two holiday parks and use them to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people, reports the Metro.
Cornwall council would not confirm exactly which venues they are buying as part of the £15 million investment, but confirmed they are in the Hayle and Helston areas and on the market. The council is also buying 12 disused properties and has a further 21 in the conveyancing process to turn into council housing. One of the holiday homes being turned into temporary accommodation could be Poldown Caravan and Camping Park in Carleen, near Helston, according to Cornwall Live.
Councillor Olly Monk, the council’s cabinet member for housing said during a meeting on Tuesday that the Hayle site would provide accommodation for 19 households, including single people and small families, while the Helston site would provide for nine families. He added that Cornwall was facing a major housing problem and that providing temporary accommodation was a particular issue.
It comes after the local authority said it was facing ‘enormous pressures’ because of the Covid crisis this summer. The county has seen a sharp increase in the number of people in need of temporary accommodation, with many landlords opting to turn rental accommodation into holiday homes and a housing shortage.
Conservative Mr Monk said the council was currently facing a £5.9m loss in housing benefit and suggested that ‘without significant capital intervention that cost will rise even further’. He added that he was ‘pleased’ to present the plans to ‘acquire two holiday parks and turn them into accommodation for families in need’.
It is unclear exactly when people will start being put up in the sites and some councillors did raise concerns about the plans, with some of the money being earmarked to provide affordable housing through a different initiative. The full details of the detail were not revealed in public, and were only discussed in in a private session on the confidential report.