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Council approves plans for new housing

Posted on : 15 Jan 2020

Council approves plans for new housing
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet has today (15th January) agreed ambitious plans to increase the delivery of affordable housing and, more specifically, its supply of council housing.

The plans were included in a report entitled ‘Building Together’ which highlighted an unmet need for housing within the Caerphilly county borough, particularly in relation to affordable housing.

Included within the report are proposals, subject to feasibility studies and planning approval, to build new council housing on small developments in  Bedwas and Trecenydd.  A new purpose built scheme for older persons is also being considered on the site of the former Ty Darren care home in Risca. A number of larger development sites are also part of the proposal, with feasibility studies planned to assess viability.

‘Building Together’ outlines the council’s plans to explore the use of modern methods of construction, including modular homes built off-site.  This approach would deliver energy efficient homes with a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional methods of construction, in-line with recommendations from the 2019 Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply.

The council has already begun to increase the supply of affordable homes in the county borough, including the purchase of existing homes utilising Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant and newly developed homes through the use of Section 106 Agreements.  The council has already purchased 16 homes in the Caerphilly county borough and has identified a further property for purchase using grant funding.  Additional homes are also being created within existing buildings where these lend themselves to conversion and where there is a demand for such properties.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, said “Providing good quality affordable homes in places where people want to live is a key priority for the council.  Whilst the council has worked in partnership with housing associations for a number of years to deliver new affordable housing in the county borough, no new council homes have been built since 2003.

Cabinet’s approval of the recommendations in ‘Building Together’ comes as welcome news and now gives a mandate to begin building much needed new council homes, to meet the needs of those currently seeking housing and for future generations.”

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