The Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend John Davies, has visited one of our new development sites in Swansea where new homes are being built on land previously used by the Church.

The homes are being built as part of the Faith in Affordable Housing (FiAH) project, a partnership between housing providers, Housing Justice Cymru and the Church in Wales that sees surplus land being utilised for affordable housing.

We are building 4 two-bedroom bungalows on land adjacent to St John’s Church in Birchgrove. Three of the homes will be for rent, with the fourth being developed and funded by the Parish through proceeds from the land sale and additional funding.

FiAH is managed by Housing Justice Cymru and was set up to encourage churches of all denominations to release surplus land and buildings for affordable housing. Sharon Lee, Director of Housing Justice Cymru said:

“This exciting development is a great example of how partnerships can make a difference, and shows the impact of our Faith in Affordable Housing project. It provides much needed affordable homes and helps support the important work the church is doing with the community.”

Kingfisher Developments has recently started construction on the £500,000 development and anticipate the homes being ready to move into early next year.

Claire Tristham, Director of Development (West) explained why partnerships like this one are important to Pobl:

“This development will provide high quality homes in a very popular residential area. The demolition of the old Church Hall will allow us to develop four bungalows which in turn facilitates the modernisation of the Church building providing a modern flexible space for Parish activities and wider community use. 

This development is a great example of the partnership approach Pobl often adopts in order to deliver more much-needed affordable homes.”

Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend John Davies said:

“When the Church has land which is surplus to its own requirements, it’s always good news to see it being put to good use for another purpose.  The St John’s Birchgrove Project is just such an example of this happening, and the partnership between Housing Justice Cymru, the Church in Wales and Pobl is a wonderful example of joint working to provide people with much needed homes.”

The new homes at St John’s build upon other successful schemes enabled by FiAH in partnership with us including at St Matthew’s in Maindee, Newport and a future development at St Mary’s in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly.