Councillors in Cornwall have agreed to buy two holiday parks for homeless people in an effort to boost the supply of temporary accommodation in the area.
Cornwall Council said the parks in the Hayle and Helston area, which have yet to be specified, would be reserved for single people and families.
The Hayle site would provide accommodation for 19 households, while the Helston site would house nine families.
The move comes as the council agreed a new £15m temporary accommodation programme in order to address a rise in the number of individuals and families in priority need of housing over the past 12 months.
During a recent meeting, Councillor Olly Monk said housing was “the greatest priority” facing the council, adding that providing temporary accommodation was a particular problem.
Monk said that the local authority was facing a £5.9m loss in housing benefit, warning that this figure could rise further without “significant capital intervention”.
Some councillors raised concerns about the plans for the council to use money which had been earmarked to provide affordable housing through the Community Land Trust.
Monk said: “Those pots of money have been sat there for a while, and they will be available in the future should the Community Land Trust need them.”
The Cabinet agreed to go ahead with buying the properties.
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