New £1.5m Colwyn Bay housing scheme officially opened

New affordable housing development Nant Eirias in Colwyn Bay was officially opened by Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government at an event on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

A total of 12 one and two-bedroom apartments have been built by North Wales Housing as part of the £1.5 million project.

Helena Kirk, Chief Executive, North Wales Housing:

“We are extremely pleased to have created 12 new affordable rent homes in Colwyn Bay. This is the result of great partnership working with Conwy County Borough Council. By working together, we have improved the housing prospects of young local families and helped tackle the wider issue of housing shortage.

The new homes were North Wales Housing’s first intermediate rent development; this 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. Lettings were managed by Tai Teg, Conwy’s Affordable Homes Register.

The new development forms part of Conwy County Borough Council’s Bay Life Regeneration Programme; developed with the support of the Vibrant and Viable Places grant from the Welsh Government.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn said:

“We want to support our towns to ensure they are attractive, vibrant places for people to live, work and visit – and I was pleased to see the completed development and hope the residents will be happy in their new homes.

 Cllr Charlie McCoubrey, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing for Conwy County Borough Council said:

“This site had been an eyesore for years and, given its location, it was ideal for residential properties. So, I’m very pleased to see this development of good quality, affordable homes come to fruition. Affordable housing for local people is a key priority for the Council and this project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when we work together.  I hope the tenants are settling in and I wish them all the very best in their new homes.”

There have also been many community benefits, including local training and employment opportunities.

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.