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24th Oct 2017

Twelve innovative homes for under 35s will be built in Torfaen thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

Carl Sargeant, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, announced at today’s Welsh Government Plenary session, That we would receive grant from The Innovative Housing Programme.

We will use three different building methods to build the blocks in Garndiffaith.

Alan Brunt, our chief executive, said: “We are trying out new types of homes so we can prepare for changes to housing benefit for under 35s.

“This funding from the Welsh Government means we can start to see how new homes and meet the demands of young people in the future.”

Ty Rosser Gwyn will offer 12 homes built using three alternative methods.

Four homes will be built using:

 -Modcell (straw and hemp)

-Wiki house (locally-sourced timber frame)

SIPS (structurally insulated panel).

Alan said: “It’s fantastic to receive today’s announcement from the Cabinet Secretary.  Torfaen Council granted planning permission earlier this year. So our plans are in place and we are ready to start.

“We hope to get young people involved in the building of these homes to learn new skills that will help them find jobs.”

Mr Sargeant said: “The housing sector in Wales is facing many challenges. Increasing the number of homes available, the rate at which they’re delivered and their affordability, while reducing their impact on the environment are the most obvious.

“The projects funded by the Innovative Housing Programme will help us learn what works best and why, both in terms of what we build and how we build them.

“Building homes delivers important benefits beyond simply putting a roof over people’s heads. Alongside the well-documented health and education benefits that good quality housing provides for children and families, building homes of all tenures has a significant positive impact on the Welsh economy and on our communities. These projects will also demonstrate how we can use the Welsh supply chain to unlock massive opportunities for growth and innovation in housing.”

Robert Panou, our development manager, said: "This scheme is designed to tackle a range of issues faced by the industry. As well as providing affordable homes for under 35s it will pilot new, innovative construction methods to build warm, quality homes in shorter timeframes.”

Edward Rees, Regional Director for Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, said: “We are delighted that the scheme to build twelve homes on behalf of Bron Afon Community Housing in the village of Garndiffaith in Torfaen has received a grant from The Innovative Housing Programme.

“As a market leader in community regeneration, we will be looking for opportunities to work with the local community to support the regional economy while we develop these much needed homes for the under 35’s.”

Tudor Butler, from the RPA Group, said: "RPA are delighted to be involved in such a forward thinking innovative scheme which looks to utilise new construction methods and potentially create local jobs and more importantly train local young people in what is potentially a new construction sector."