Work has started on a new housing development in Barry which will deliver 21 much-needed affordable homes on the site of a former constitutional club.
Demand for homes in the Vale of Glamorgan is high with 1425 people currently registered on the council’s housing waiting list (Homes4U) for a one bedroom home and a further 756 applicants waiting for a two bedroom home in Barry alone.
Working in partnership, Hafod, Vale of Glamorgan Council and South Wales based contractor, Morganstone are re-developing the site of the former Barry Docks Cons Club which had been unused and empty since 2014.
The building, which was due to be demolished to make way for the new development, was severely damaged following an arson attack in May 2018. Since then work has been underway to prepare the site to allow building work to start.
Cadwgan Thomas, Head of Development at Hafod said: “It is very rewarding to see work underway on site to provide affordable housing for local people in an area of high demand. Hafod has invested over £20m in new homes in the Vale of Glamorgan in the past two years and we currently own and manage over 600 homes locally.”
Funded by Hafod and the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant and Housing Finance Grant, the 15 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments are due for completion in winter 2019/2020 and will be available to rent.
Councillor John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “This important scheme will not only provide much-needed affordable housing for Vale residents in need of it, but also give this site a new lease of life.
“We are committed to regeneration projects of this type, those that will bring real benefit to our communities, and are involved in a number of similar schemes elsewhere in the County.
“Hafod and the Council have a long history of working well together and I’m sure this project will prove to be another successful partnership.”