Caerphilly County Borough Council has agreed ambitious plans to create a flagship housing development in Pontllanfraith that would include 83 new affordable homes.
The scheme is an exciting collaboration between the council and Pobl which, subject to planning permission, could result in an attractive development comprising 125 homes – of these 83, or two thirds of the development, will be affordable homes.
The development includes 42 homes for market sale, 41 low cost ownership homes (rent to buy or shared ownership) and 42 will be social rented homes developed in collaboration with the council and matched to local need.
“This is fantastic news for the county borough and clearly shows that we are delivering on our pledge to deliver more social housing to help reduce the number of families on our waiting lists. “The number of affordable homes that are proposed on this impressive new site will be far in excess of the usual target for local housing developments. We are also delighted to be working once again with Pobl to deliver this scheme and I’m confident that it will become a shining example of a successful partnership project delivering real community benefits.” Cllr Lisa Phipps, Cabinet Member for Homes and Places
The scheme will be developed on the former Pontllanfraith Council Office site and will be constructed sympathetically alongside the adjacent Harold Finch Memorial Park.
The development philosophy follows the ‘Garden Village’ concept, with enhanced landscaping and external features and arts and crafts style homes designed to enhanced space standards.
For Pobl Group, Parc Eirin builds on the success of Loftus Garden Village: a mixed tenure development in Newport that’s proved universally popular with renters and buyers.
"This will be another flagship scheme for Pobl and we are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council to create this development, which will create a modern garden village that Pontllanfraith can be proud of. To be able to deliver a scheme where two thirds of the new homes will be affordable shows our commitment to providing realistic solutions to the housing issues facing our communities and will help us towards our target of 3,000 new homes across five years to 2021.” Rhys Parry, Director of Development (East), Pobl Group
Key features include:
- 125 homes (83 affordable and 42 market value)
- A mixture of 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom flats and houses
- An ‘almshouse’ style development of apartments arranged around the existing cenotaph forming the centrepiece of the scheme.
- All homes with driveways will feature pre-installed cabling for electric vehicle (EV) charging.
- The site will boast attractive sustainable drainage features
- Green open spaces and links to the adjacent country park
Contractual arrangements will now be finalised between CCBC and Pobl before the proposals are submitted for Planning Permission in the near future.