Ultra-low energy homes to be built in Llangan
Ultra-low energy homes as well as commercial units to be built in Llangan will provide invaluable skills and training.
Full planning permission for the £3.4 million redevelopment was granted in January this year where a mix of thirteen homes adjacent to commercial units will benefit the local rural community.
Newydd Housing Association, in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, will develop the highly sustainable affordable homes using private and Welsh Government Innovative Housing Programme funding. Cwrt Canna Ltd will develop and manage the adjacent commercial units to form a rural business hub in collaboration with Creative Rural Communities.
The 4 one-bedroom apartments, 8 two and three bedroom houses and a two bedroom bungalow will be built using the Beattie Passive Build System and will resemble a collection of farm buildings around a central courtyard space. The resulting homes will offer much lower running costs for tenants due to the low energy required to heat and cool homes from high levels of insulation, high performance windows and a mechanical ventilation system.
The energy efficient homes will be manufactured and assembled by apprentices from a prisoner rehabilitation scheme run by HM Prison and Probation Service alongside contractors Cwrt Canna Ltd. The workforce will gain new skills, knowledge and experience in building the ultra-low energy homes, preparing them for the jobs market in a sector where there is a skills shortage.Greg Fisher, Regional Employment Broker at New Futures Network said, “Working in collaboration with the private sector, HMPPS and New Futures Network, pilots such as this provide routes into employment that changes the lives of ex-offenders, not just for the benefit of the individual, but their families, and the communities within which they reside. Up skilling and providing employment on release is key to reducing the risks of reoffending and making communities safer.”
These brand new homes in Llangan will be offered for affordable rent by Newydd using Homes4U, the housing register for the county managed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. It is hoped the development will be complete in spring 2021.
Miles Punter, Vale of Glamorgan Council Director for Housing and Environment, said: “We are proud to be working with our partners on this important project, which will be of benefit to both the business community and those attracted by unique, characterful homes that are cheap to run.
“The commercial units can offer base for rural companies operating in the Vale, while the residential properties, aside from being economical, are environmentally friendly. This is an important consideration for us as a Council as we look to more sustainable ways of operating across all service areas.”