The construction of a new community in Falmouth is proving to be a truly local affair.

Barratt Homes is building 104 new homes at its Union Park development and almost every single person working on the construction is local.

Heading up the project is site manager Graham Lamb, from Newquay, who moved to Cornwall in 2002 after holidaying in the county for many years. He said: “It’s a wonderful part of the world and my partner and I just thought, why not set our roots down there?

"Having been drawn in by the allure of Cornwall myself, I can see why demand for new homes here is high and why developments such as these are sought-after.”

Also flying the flag for the local workforce at Union Park is forklift driver Chris Harris, who has lived in Falmouth all his life. He said: “I think it does make a difference when it’s a local team working on a development. You have that on-the-ground knowledge of the area which takes some beating. Plus, we all get on really well which makes it fun to go into work every day.”

All carpenters, bricklayers and groundworkers at Union Park are also locals, with Barratt Homes striving to support local contractors wherever possible. Last year alone Barratt Homes supported 1,600 jobs in the region and employed nearly 20 graduates, apprentices and trainees.

Construction at Union Park is moving ahead. Around half of the properties are in production, with many homes finished and ready for the first residents to move in at the start of November. Show homes at the site are expected to open within weeks, giving peopel a chance to see what life might be like living at Union Park.

Once complete, Union Park will feature a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom homes.