The second phase of our Coed-y-Llan development in Llanidloes was completed in May 2016, bringing a further six new dwellings into management. The mix of units consisted of one and two bed houses and was procured under a design and build contract with Pickstock Partnerships from Maesbury, Oswestry.
The properties are highly energy efficient and have dual zone heating systems that make them affordable to heat for our tenants. The homes are allocated to applicants in housing need who live, work or offer some form of voluntary commitment to the area.
Glan y Dwr Phase 2
The redevelopment of the Old Magistrates Court completed in January 2017, bringing an additional seven, one- and two-bedroom flats into management, two of which are wheelchair accessible.
This was the second phase of the redevelopment of two redundant civic buildings in the heart of Newtown town centre, which was funded by a mix of Welsh Government Social Housing Grant, and Town Centre Regeneration Grant from Powys County Council. The developer was Mid Wales Property Ltd. of Newtown.
The Association is proud to have promoted local employment and opportunities through the procurement of this scheme. The construction contract required the contractor to employ 80% local labour and provide training placements for building trade apprentices. Significant elements of the houses, such as timber frames and many of the building materials were procured from local companies.
The properties are built to a very high standard and are located within a conservation area. Every effort was made to retain the overall character and appearance of the original buildings and to use materials that are sympathetic to their original construction. Also the design of the development incorporated features to conserve and enhance local wildlife, such as the bat chute and other significant bat protection measures.
I am very pleased with my new flat which is secure and has helped me to live independently. The flats are built to a good standard with spacious room sizes and is so close to the local shops and services which is great.
New resident at Glan y Dwr, Newtown
Walkers’ Meadow Presteigne
The first phase of our Walkers’ Meadow development at Knighton Road, Presteigne was completed on 30th March 2017.
This phase consists of 11 homes with six two-bedroom houses, one four-bedroom house and four one- bedroom flats.
The main contractor for this scheme was J. Harper & Sons (Leominster) Ltd and again the Association worked with both Powys County Council and Presteigne Town Council to develop an appropriate allocations policy, which facilitated the letting of these homes to people in housing need who live, work, or offer some form of voluntary commitment to the area. One of the properties has been adapted to meet the specific needs of a disabled family member and the additional cost involved supported by further grant provided by the Welsh Government.
We hope to commence the second phase of this development consisting of a further 17 dwellings in 2018/2019.
It was good to see so many people at the preview event at Walkers Meadow, Presteigne and those I spoke to were very positive about the quality of housing. I was particularly pleased the meet the young mother and her baby who will be moving into one of the houses very shortly, which was such a clear demonstration of the benefits of the development.
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire
In addition to the provision of new build housing, the Association re-purchased two properties previously sold to individuals under the Home-buy and shared ownership initiatives. One was a bungalow in central Newtown and the other was a four-bedroom house in Llandrindod Wells. Both types of property in these locations are always in high demand and we continue to look for similar opportunities to increase our stock in key areas within Ceredigion and Powys in 2017/18.