Friday 31st December 2021

SDR welcomes tenants to new Cornish scheme

 SDR has welcomed the first set of tenants to occupy a brand new housing scheme that it will be managing at Ruan Minor in West Cornwall.

Christine Candlish, Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted to meet and sign up new tenancies for six excited local families at the latest affordable housing development in Ruan Minor on the Lizard Peninsula”.

The new homes, at a beautiful location on the edge of the village at Plain-an-Gwarry, Ebenezer Road, comprise two houses and four apartments.


They are the fruits of a community-led affordable housing project for local families in need of homes by Grade Ruan Community Land Trust and delivered in partnership with Cornwall Community Land Trust.

The new homes have been constructed to a high standard by Cathedral Builders of Cornwall, whilst Cornwall Community Land Trust has received capital grant support for the project from Cornwall Council and Cornwall Community Foundation.

Christine Candlish and Deputy CEO Francis Bourke spent a morning in Ruan Minor, handing over keys to the new tenants of this ground-breaking project, which SDR will manage and maintain on behalf of the community land trust by way of a management contract.

Afterwards, Christine Candlish said: “This development is a snapshot of how we see SDR developing into the future. It sums up perfectly our desire to promote delivery of community-led housing projects, providing affordable homes that meet the needs of local people”.


Jennifer Hawkins, Development Manager for Cornwall Community Land Trust, said: “It is the most wonderful news for the village of Ruan Minor that the project has finally been completed, after seven years of hard work. It is especially true for the six families who are absolutely delighted with their new homes.

“They’re particularly relieved to have secured these homes at a time when our housing crisis has significantly worsened. Many thanks to SDR, without whom we could not have finally completed the project”.


Christine Candlish added: “SDR is a socially responsible business delivering quality homes and support services that can change people's lives. We work in collaboration with others to enhance the wellbeing and independence of individuals and communities.

“We believe that everyone should be able to live in an affordable home that meets their individual needs and gives give their lives stability, in turn helping communities to flourish.

“We’re proud to be a small rural housing association with local roots in the South West. We value the benefits that collaborative approaches can bring and we’re committed to developing and growing strong partnerships in our communities”.

Pictured: Deputy CEO Francis Bourke hands keys to tenant Amie Gribble.