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Cornwall 'needs more than 2,500 new homes built a year'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Cornwall Council and the government disagree over how many new homes need to be built in Cornwall every year to boost the county's housing stock, but both say it is more than 2,500.

Figures collated by the BBC Shared Data Unit show the government has identified Cornwall's annual housing need as 2,889 while Cornwall Council has set it at 2,625.

The figures suggest that, out of all the urban areas researched in England, Cornwall needs the most annually - similar to major cities.

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Cornwall has managed to build, on average, 88% of the target set by the government with an average of 2,548 a year since 2009.

However, councillor Bert Biscoe said that while the number of homes being built in Cornwall was on the rise, they were still out of reach for local people and that there was a "very, very strong interest in housing as a commodity".

He said: "So what we find is that we are building a lot of houses, not a lot of which end up addressing the issues of housing need."

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the government was "committed to building a housing market fit for the future".