New projects to inspire Welsh social housing announced

More than £230m made available for innovative schemes.

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More than £30m will be available for innovative housing in Wales as part of a £90m fund to test new approaches to help develop social and affordable homes.

Welsh government finance minister Rebecca Evans will today (24th Sept) confirm the creation of a new Public Sector Land Division to boost sustainable development of public-sector land – with a particular emphasis on increasing the delivery of social housing.

Projects to be funded include:

  • 76 homes in Ruthin from ClwydAlyn housing association

These could be the first in the UK to deliver net zero whole life carbon, with renewable energy offsetting the carbon impact of production and construction.

Homes will have air source heat pumps, solar power and intelligent batteries, with heating and lighting costs estimated at less than £80 a year:

  • Two sites developed by Monmouthshire housing association in Chepstow to create 17 properties for people who are downsizing and first-time occupiers whose households might expand

The homes will have designed-in opportunities to add an additional bedroom to create life-long flexibility:

  • Cardiff council building 214 low carbon homes, a mix of council housing and homes to be sold on the open market in Rumney
  • Swansea council building 25 homes to the ‘Swansea Standard’, a low carbon, energy efficient specification with solar panels, designed to achieve low running costs for tenants.

Welsh government housing minister Julie James said the programme offered the chance to develop homes with low fuel bills to tackle fuel poverty, homes designed and built with a low carbon impact in mind, and homes that can evolve with their households.

“We have an opportunity to deliver affordable, high-quality homes that meet all these challenges, which reduce the impact of housebuilding on the environment, and that can be built at scale to meet the needs of our communities,” she said.

Other projects receiving Innovative Housing Programme funding include:

  • Sero Homes developing 35 properties for open market rent in Pontardawe.

The net zero carbon homes will also be offered at an earlier stage through local employers to prioritise people able to use active or public transport to commute:

  • Cartrefi Conwy will build 22 low-carbon homes In Rhos on Sea and Llanrwst, which will scale up a previous Innovative Housing Programme project, building Beattie Passive homes in a local off-site manufacturing and training facility which supports the local supply chain
  • In Penyrheol, Swansea, Pobl and Coastal Housing Group building 165 homes, a mix of social housing, homes for affordable ownership and homes for sale on the open market.

The homes will be zero carbon with renewable technologies integrated, and they will be manufactured off site.

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