First residents throw open their doors in £42m Land for Housing scheme
Residents have moved into new affordable housing in Barry, the first to be completed under the £42 million Welsh Government Land for Housing loan scheme. Built thanks to £2.9 million of Welsh Government funding. Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans AM met residents of Newbourne Place and heard about their new homes.
Thirty flats, including three which are wheelchair adapted, have been constructed on the site of a former adult training centre in Barry. Newydd Housing Association received a £585,000 Welsh Government Land for Housing loan to buy the site, and £2.34m Welsh Government Social Housing Grant funding, which supported work to develop and build the flats.
Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans AM said:
“We are committed to creating 20,000 affordable homes during the course of this government, and we are investing to support housing associations to build homes and help to meet this target.
“These are the first homes completed thanks to the £42m Land for Housing loan; housing associations can borrow money from the Welsh Government to buy land. When the loan is repaid, the money goes back into more loans to fund more housing.
“It’s so important that everyone in Wales has access to safe, affordable housing so they can achieve their full potential. These thirty brand new homes demonstrate how we are working towards this.”
Paul Roberts, Chief Executive at Newydd added, “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to Newbourne Place. We are very proud of the scheme, it provides affordable homes for the community. As well as meeting housing need, we have been able to provide smaller, adapted homes. As a social landlord, we will be providing additional opportunities for local residents in areas such as financial inclusion, health and wellbeing, as well as digital inclusion support.
“This scheme utilised funding through the Land for Housing scheme and we are delighted to announce that we have secured a second phase of funding to provide more high quality affordable homes to our local communities.”
Sandra Rehman, a Newydd tenant and member of the tenant scrutiny group commented, “I waited nearly three and half years to move to a suitable property after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis. The flat that I now live in was well worth the wait and I would like to compliment Newydd, as it’s a beautifully designed adapted ground floor flat and I couldn’t have asked for better. Everybody deserves a home like this one and Newydd are one of the best landlords because of the way they listen to tenants.”