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Created on 25/08/2017 @ 18:26
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The ability to tap into resources helping to fund the regeneration of Newtown town centre has been highlighted as part of the success of a social housing project in Newtown.

Officials from the Welsh Government and Powys County Council have visited the Mid Wales Housing Association’s Glan y Dwr housing development at the old police station and magistrates court building in Back Lane to see how investment has helped bring housing to the town centre.

According to the housing association, senior officials who attended the visit expressed their high praise of the development with particular reference made to the design, quality of work, security and facilities.

Powys County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Jonathan Wilkinson said: “We are delighted that funds secured from the Town Centre Loan Scheme have been able to support part of this project.

“Glan Y Dwr is certainly an example of how this funding has helped to regenerate the area and to achieve these modern, high quality homes.

“Mid Wales Housing have worked with partners to make the most of the resources available to create local jobs and homes and to encourage town centre communities to thrive.

“The interest-free loans scheme can be used within Llandrindod Wells, Newtown and Brecon to reduce the number of vacant, underutilised and redundant sites and premises within these town centres. The council has already approved support on a number of housing and regeneration projects to help encourage growth and diversification of town centres, with £2.85 million for the scheme secured from Welsh Government.”

The Glan-y-Dwr development is located in the heart of Newtown town centre and is being developed over three phases. Phase one, the former Territorial Army building was completed in March 2016, and phase two, the former Magistrates Court, completed in March 2017. The original architects for the project were Newtown-based Hughes Architects.

The development provides a total of 13 one and two bedroom flats including two which are wheelchair accessible.

The developer is Mid Wales Property Ltd of Newtown with the construction work being managed by the Association’s project manager Mildred, Howells & Co from Swansea and supervised by Mid-Wales Housing Association.  

The development of the first two phases cost in the region of £1.4 million and was part-funded by loan funding from Powys County Council from their Town Centre Regeneration fund and £720,000 of Welsh Government Social Housing and Smaller Homes Grants with the remainder funded by Mid-Wales Housing Association.    

Mr. Alex Dawson, Senior Development Manager at Mid-Wales Housing Association, thanking Welsh Government and Powys County Council for their funding and support said:  “This practical financial assistance genuiely kick starts real regeneration and we are delighted with the results.”

“The properties are being built to a very high standard and comply with the Welsh Government’s Development Quality Requirements, Life Time Homes and Secured by Design Standards and achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 3-plus,” said a housing association statement.

“The buildings are located within a conservation area and every effort has been made to retain the overall character and appearance of the original buildings.

“This includes retaining original external features and window openings and using materials that are sympathetic to the original building. The development has also been designed to conserve and enhance local wildlife and includes significant bat mitigation measures.” 

The third and final new build stage of the development is currently under construction which is due to be completed in the spring of 2018. 

To find out more about the interest free loan scheme contact Powys County Council’s neil.pritchard@powys.gov.uk or Regeneration@powys.gov.uk

Photo: (left to right) Kimberley Caruana, Powys County Council, Geraint  Roberts, Mid-Wales Housing, Carol Weller, Welsh Government, Julian Preece, Powys County Council, Alex Dawson, Mid-Wales Housing, Vivienne Lewis, Welsh Government, Neil Pritchard, Powys County Council.


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