An exciting package of investment proposals totalling more than £231million has been approved by Caerphilly council’s Cabinet.
Residents across the county borough look set to benefit from a range of ambitious schemes that will support the community as we emerge out of the Covid pandemic, providing optimism and resilience for the future.
The Cabinet met today (Wednesday 24th February) to give the green light to a comprehensive ‘Place Shaping’ framework that will set the direction of investment across the area over the next few years.
The major announcement will result in significant benefits in key areas such as education, leisure, employment, housing, social care and infrastructure improvements.
In addition to the £231million that is earmarked for the future, the report also set out what has been invested over recent years and schemes that are currently in the pipeline.
In total, the framework sets out a £485million package of investment that will transform the whole Caerphilly county borough.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, Leader of Council welcomed the announcement, “We have agreed an ambitious blueprint that will set the direction of investment across the county borough for years to come.
“The new Place Shaping framework is a holistic investment model that will deliver significant benefits. Any individual projects and proposals will be subject to further detailed reports and full consideration will be given before any new schemes proceed.”
“Consultation and engagement is a fundamental part of this process, so we will ensure that residents and elected members are encouraged to have their say and help shape the plans. Our communities are instrumental in helping us to complete the jigsaw to ensure that we are targeting our investment where it is needed most.”
This £485 million is divided into 3 key elements:
- £153 million – Which is the amount spent so far between 2017 and 2020 on major investment packages including new school developments, highway improvements including Pwllypant roundabout, council house improvement as part of WHQS and investment in 3G pitches.
- £129 million – This is investment currently underway on agreed projects such as demolition of properties on Hafodyrynys Hill, Chartist Garden housing development, WHQS improvements and leisure facilities including a new running track in Oakdale and additional 3G pitch investment.
- £231 million – This is planned investment for the future involving a wide range of proposals that will be subject to consultation and engagement with the community as park of the Place Shaping conversation.
The Place Shaping framework will form an important element of the council’s Covid recovery plan, but it will also bring added socioeconomic benefits in terms of local job creation and supporting the local economy and supply chains etc.
Further details will be set out over the coming months about how the community can get involved in the process and help shape the future.
The full Place Shaping Report can be found here: