£35 million investment in Welsh homes for the future

Friday November 27th, 2020

Low carbon housing, retrofitting to improve energy efficiency and training opportunities for prisoners will feature in projects receiving funding to create affordable homes for the future.

The Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme funding is focused on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) this year, in particular using Welsh timber and supply chains to support our green recovery and move towards a low carbon economy.

Projects supported by this year’s round of funding include:

ClwydAlyn are building 63 timber frame homes to be whole life zero carbon, built by a Welsh MMC firm. The firm will be offering training opportunities for groups that struggle to secure employment opportunities;

£3 million for Pobl Group to build over 90 zero carbon social homes in Blaenau Gwent, by a Valley’s based MMC producer, using timber frame design;

Tai Tarian will build 55 new homes and retrofit 72 existing ones in Port Talbot, increasing energy efficiency and reducing fuel bills for tenants. The new homes will be built in Neath Port Talbot by a local family-run MMC partner.

Talking about the project, Craig Sparrow, Executive Director of Development for ClwydAlyn said:

We always embrace the local community in our plans to build new and innovative housing, but by working closely in partnership with our designers, contractors and the Welsh Government, it allowed us to gain unanimous support from Local Members and Council Planning Officers for the innovative new scheme, enabling us to deliver many benefits to the local community.

The Innovative Housing Programme provided by the Welsh Government, has been vital in delivering a project which has stretched the boundaries by embracing new technology and modern methods of construction to build high quality, ultra-low carbon homes for our residents. Projects like this play an important role in reducing fuel poverty, whilst re-energising employment opportunities to support the local economy, both of which help us deliver our mission to tackle poverty.

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