Innovative homes to be built in Club Street Aberaman
Linc has been successful in their Innovative Housing bid to the Welsh Government to build more affordable homes. The developments will take place in Caerphilly and Aberaman, both creating new-look, new-feel housing to supply more affordable and sustainable housing in a way that’s never been done before.
The development in Aberaman will be Wales’ first and largest modular extra care scheme and will include features such as an indoor winter garden, spaces to Skype, GPs and an external intergenerational garden in partnership with the adjacent primary school. This scheme is the first in the partnership between Linc and Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council to provide extra care facilities in the borough over the next 5 years.
The development in Caerphilly will comprise of 34 flats and 4 general needs houses using construction materials that will improve the energy efficiency of the properties and help tackle fuel poverty as they are cheaper to run.
Louise Attwood, Linc Development Director says;
“We are delighted to be working with a local Welsh supplier to bring offsite construction into the main stream in Wales. This development will not only supply excellent quality homes in an area of need but also promote the Welsh economy and provide numerous training opportunities.”
The projects will contribute to the 20,000 affordable homes target the Welsh Government aims to provide over this term of government.”
Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children says:
“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.”
The housing will focus on energy saving, the environment and health and wellbeing of tenants.
“Despite the uncertainty around the local housing allowance cap and supported accommodation we see this as a key part of our business going forward.
Projections from Public Health Wales show that over the next few decades the number of people over 65 with specialist housing needs are going to increase dramatically. We need to be working now to de-stigmatise older person’s accommodation. We are building modern contemporary homes utilising new technologies and adaptable spaces to ensure that people can remain as independent as possible in their own home.
We are delighted that moving into our Extra Care schemes is seen as a positive life choice for older people. A place in their own community where they can feel safe and maintain a good quality of life.”
Linc were selected as the Council’s preferred extra care partner earlier this year as part of a strategy to provide 220 homes for those over 55.