£2.4 million affordable homes project gets underway

Twelve brand new affordable homes are to become available for rent in Colwyn Bay early in 2019 as North Wales Housing (NWH) begins work on site in Abergele Road. The project forms part of Conwy County Borough Council’s Bay Life Regeneration Programme.

A total of 12 one and two-bedroom apartments will be built as part of the £2.4 million project – replacing the derelict properties which had occupied the site for so long.

As well as going some way to fulfilling the need for affordable homes locally, the project aims to ensure the new homes are efficient in terms of energy running costs – a key consideration of the scheme’s funding through Welsh Government and Conwy Council’s Vibrant and Viable Places and Social Housing Grant.

At a recent event to mark the beginning of the work Phil Danson, Places Director with North Wales Housing said:

We’re delighted to be starting on site in Abergele Road and that NWH is able to lead on this project. It will be a real boost to this part of the town. We are grateful to Conwy County Borough Council for their support in terms of funding as well as officer time spent on working with us to bring the project to this point. Welsh Government funding has also been key and with both partners on board we are now able to move forward with this exciting new build. K&G Group, AG Architects and Datrys have been appointed to work on the project and we look forward to working with them.

This scheme is in a key location and on a prominent site on the approach to Colwyn Bay town centre from Eirias Park. It is within walking distance of the town – and the developer is confident the new homes will be much sought after. The scheme is also important as it will provide many community benefits, including local training and employment opportunities.

The homes will be available at intermediate rent which means they are aimed at people in work, or who can pay the rent without financial assistance but will be less than the rent charged for a similar home in the area from a private landlord. Intermediate lettings are accessed via Conwy’s Affordable Homes Register and anyone keen to register their interest should visit www.taiteg.org.uk.