A partnership in the Caerphilly county borough has demonstrated its commitment to work together to meet local housing needs.
Caerphilly County Borough Council, Linc Cymru, Pobl Group, United Welsh and Wales & West Housing Associations have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ which sets out their shared commitment to work collaboratively to find local housing solutions; with a particular focus on the delivery of new affordable housing.
All parties officially signed the agreement during a remote event held on Monday 5th October. The official signing was witnessed by Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government.
The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James said:
“Recent months have reminded us all of the fundamental importance of good-quality affordable housing and we remain committed to providing 20,000 affordable homes by the end of the Senedd term.
“It is fantastic to see the housing sector working collaboratively to ensure local communities will be able to access much needed affordable housing across Caerphilly county borough.”
The Memorandum of Understanding sets out formal aims and objectives for the partnership to work together to achieve; by sharing skills, knowledge and resources to deliver affordable homes and resilient, sustainable communities.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, the Council’s Leader, added: “We have a strong history of collaborative working in the Caerphilly county borough and have already delivered many successful projects together with our housing association partners.
“By formally adopting the Memorandum of Understanding we are going one step further in demonstrating our commitment to work together for the benefit of our residents and local communities.”
“This is very exciting news, for Pobl and for all the signatories to the MoU, as collaborative working will allow us to collectively tackle the issues around quality affordable housing in the Borough. “We have long had a strong presence in Caerphilly CBC and recently received planning for Chartist Garden Village in Pontllanfraith, a mixed tenure development of up to 125 homes. Two thirds of the homes will be affordable via social rent and our well established and trusted shared ownership product ,with the balance being outright sales. “We look forward to working closely with all our partners to meet local housing needs." Neil Barber, Managing Director - Commercial at Pobl
United Welsh’s Chief Executive Lynda Sagona commented, on behalf of housing association partners:
“Through this positive collaboration, we are committed to jointly maximising our delivery of much needed, energy efficient homes for the people of Caerphilly and in doing so, creating many exciting job and training opportunities.”