Sprinklers to be installed in all new Cornwall homes

Cornwall Council has pledged to keep residents safe from house fires by agreeing to install sprinklers in all homes the authority builds and commissions in the future.

At a cost of approximately £1.8 million, sprinklers will be installed across all future Housing Development Programme (HDP) schemes, with the council investing up to £170 million in directly building 1,000 new homes on sites across Cornwall. It is hoped that the motion will promote best practice.

Sprinkler systems have been featuring regularly in the news since last year’s Grenfell Tower, with Croydon Council, the first council in the country after the Grenfell fire to announce it would pay for and install sprinklers in residents’ individual flats, warning in January that councils needed central government funding to help pay for the installation and any other safety measures.

Andrew Mitchell, cabinet member for homes, said: "Sprinklers save lives. Our fire service has long advocated for the use of sprinklers as the evidence shows that they can prevent fire from spreading - not only making sure routes are clear for occupants to escape to safety, but also limiting property damage.

"While it is not mandatory to install sprinklers in new homes, this is our opportunity to lead by example. We are investing in building good quality homes for our residents and it is only right that we do all we can to ensure our future housing schemes exceed safety standards. While the council only provides a minority of all the new homes built in Cornwall, I hope that through our example we can promote wider adoption of this approach both by registered provider partners and by developers more generally."

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