Reserved Matters planning approval has been granted by City & County of Swansea Council for Pobl Group and Coastal Housing to develop a new community of 144 zero carbon homes to the west of Swansea.
The site, known locally as Gwynfaen Farm, is located adjacent to the villages of Loughor and Penyrheol, overlooking the Loughor Estuary.
The exciting, collaborative scheme will receive almost £10m of funding from the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, which in turn means that the homes will be built with very high levels of thermal efficiency. A combination of solar panels, battery storage and heat recovery will provide residents with heating and electricity.
Alongside the utilisation of modern technology, appreciation of the natural landscape is also a priority. it is intended to provide a central ‘village green’ area of public open space, together with other focal points and landscaped areas throughout the site.
“Gwynfaen will provide 144 new homes and will become the benchmark for low carbon living in Wales, capturing best practice approaches to placemaking, urban greening and fully integrated renewable technologies, as well as low carbon design. The project will also demonstrate the benefits and possibilities of collaboration as a means of delivering more and better homes in Wales.” Elfed Roberts, Head of Development (West) at Pobl
“The global climate strike highlighted how government and industry need to change - funding and delivering zero carbon homes at this scale demonstrates the will that exists amongst Coastal, Pobl and Welsh Government to lead that change within the housing sector.” Gareth Davies, Director of Development at Coastal
It is hoped that construction will begin in spring 2020. There will be a mix of tenures available, including affordable rent, open market sales and low cost home ownership.