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New affordable housing set to transform Aston Mead

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Twenty-one new homes are set to be built at Aston Mead in Flintshire, providing quality affordable housing and regenerating the local area.
Wednesday 01 April 2015

The Welsh Government has transferred the land to the Pennaf Housing Group for the creation of two, three and four bed homes. In addition, over £660,000 of Social Housing Grant has been provided by the Welsh Government and allocated by Flintshire County Council to support the development. Additional private funding for the £2.65 million development will be provided by Pennaf.

These homes are a further important step towards the Welsh Government’s goal of providing 10,000 additional affordable homes in Wales by May 2016. Over 6,900 homes have already been provided, meaning the Welsh Government is well on track to meet this ambitious target.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“The Welsh Government is committed to using public sector land for affordable housing and doing all we can to make the best use of these assets for communities across Wales.

“The transfer of this land at Aston Mead to Pennaf, alongside investment from our Social Housing Grant programme, will deliver much-needed quality, affordable housing in Flintshire. This bold project will also transform the local area, creating a vibrant community at this gateway to Wales.”      

The overall site was purchased for transport improvements, but it has been possible to release part of the site for much-needed affordable housing.

Complex legal issues meant the process took longer than originally envisaged, but the Welsh Government worked in close partnership with Flintshire Council and Pennaf Housing to resolve these issues and ensure the site is used for affordable housing.

Mr Deiniol Evans, Director of Development and Technical Services for the Pennaf Housing Group which includes Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, said:

“We are delighted to announce that following the successful transfer of land from the Welsh Government to ourselves, we have been able to appoint Lovells as contractors for the development which will provide much needed affordable housing in the area.

“Our contractors will need to secure the site and undertake preliminary site safety and preparation works and then progress with the houses themselves which we aim to complete ready for new residents to move into by the summer of 2016.”

The Welsh Government has also sold land at Bridge Street in Wrexham to Wrexham County Borough Council and will be re-investing the money back into affordable housing as part of the Wrexham Affordable Housing Project. This will support the delivery of 50 one and two bed affordable homes on a development at Rivulet Road, Wrexham.

 

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