Full planning permission for the £3.4 million development of thirteen ultra-low energy homes as well as commercial units in Llangan was granted in January 2019 to benefit the local rural community.
In partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, we are developing these 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 are being 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.
Completion is expected in spring 2021.
Prisoner rehabilitation scheme
The original proposals for these energy efficient homes included a prisoner rehabilitation scheme run out of HMP Parc by HM Prison and Probation Service alongside contractors Canna Developments Ltd. Due to the Covid pandemic, the day release element of the scheme was withdrawn as HMP Parc remains on lockdown. However, four prisoners were employed from the beginning of the project where they manufactured Beattie Passive modules within the prison and are currently completing their accredited qualifications.
Despite the withdrawal of the day release element with HMP Parc, Canna Developments Ltd resurrected the original scheme at the end of November 2020 with HMP Prescoed as it is an open prison which continues to facilitate day release employment opportunities. Five prisoners are now employed by Canna Developments to gain valuable construction site experience before their release.
Training and apprenticeships
The gap left with the withdrawal of the onsite labour from HMP Parc was partly filled by utilising apprentices who had lost their work placements as a consequence of the pandemic. This initiative has been delivered in partnership with the shared apprenticeship scheme, Y Prentis.
As of September 2020, 66 apprenticeship weeks were fulfilled by 5 new entrant apprentices who have gained a wealth of experience on this innovative scheme. These apprentices were secured by utilising Y Prentis. Opportunity Knocks, an employability programme operating in the Vale of Glamorgan, also supported an individual in gaining his apprenticeship by offering training courses which supported his application and confidence.
Cwrt Canna is adjacent to Llangan Primary School where a number of activities continue to take place in partnership with Canna Developments Ltd. They have worked together on a Covid 19 time capsule and plan on supporting the school in creating an outdoor shelter to avoid the elements. A monetary donation has also been made to Friends of St Canna, a local facility whose income has been affected by the pandemic.
Newydd Housing Association (1974) Limited is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014