Minister visits former village pub transformed into first-class affordable homes

Housing and Regeneration Minister, Rebecca Evans, was impressed by our regeneration of the Oakdale Hotel when she visited to meet new residents of the development recently.

Working in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council, Welsh Government and builders M & J Cosgrove, we have transformed the former public house into nine, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and built three 3-storey houses in the grounds.

Oakdale House occupies a prominent position in the centre of the historic village of Oakdale, near Blackwood, and we are really pleased that this important building will now continue to play a part in the community’s future.

Neil Taylor, Senior Project Manager, said

“We realised from the outset that the Oakdale Hotel held a special place in the hearts of the local community and are delighted to have created such beautiful high quality homes, whilst paying homage to its significant history. We have worked together with Cadw and Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Conservation Officer and have retained many original features. We are extremely proud of what we have collectively achieved at Oakdale House and feedback indicates the new tenants feel exactly the same way!”

Oakdale House has been regenerated with a capital investment of £1.7m, including £1m social housing grant from Welsh Government.

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Housing & Regeneration said:

“This is a fantastic development; not only has it created more affordable housing, but it has created apprenticeships and supported the construction industry locally.

“We have made a commitment to deliver 20,000 affordable homes during this term of Government, and this is an excellent example of how Pobl, Caerphilly Council and the Welsh Government have worked together to make a difference.”

The Grade II listed building had been derelict for some time and become a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Local residents, including Oakdale and Penmaen Community Partnership, were keen to see the building brought back into use and worked with us and Caerphilly Council on development plans.

Councillor Lisa Phipps, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, commented

“Delivering high quality, affordable homes in places where people want to live is a key priority for the council. The Oakdale House development is an excellent example of how collaborative working with Pobl and other partners is helping us deliver this, whilst also helping to regenerate local communities.”

The development also delivered many additional community benefits; three apprentices and a trainee quantity surveyor from the nearby village of Argoed gained work experience on the development.