Local homes plan gets green light
Done deal: Andrew Bennett of Family HA (left) and Ben Francis of Hygrove Homes (right) shake hands on a £2 million social housing scheme at Penclawdd, Swansea.
A new £2 million social housing development in Penclawdd promises to help North Gower families find affordable homes in their area.
Contracts have been signed and planning consent approved for a 12-home scheme at Swn-y-Mor, a former commercial site and now a derelict eyesore.
Andrew Bennett executive director at Swansea-based Family Housing, who commissioned the development stated: “We are delighted to be partnering with Hygrove Homes on this project. The scheme will produce 12 high-standard homes to help meet local demand for affordable housing and benefit the local community.
Ben Francis of Hygrove Homes added, “Being a family firm we know the value of keeping a community together. We’re pleased to be able to work in partnership with a forward-looking organisation like FHA to achieve that aim”.
Local councillor, Mark Thomas, said he was looking forward to work starting. “I’m obviously in favour of development that offers affordable homes to local families. House prices in Gower are prohibitive and this development will go some way to allowing people to stay in the locality”.
One of the first families to benefit from the scheme is a bat colony. Planning conditions required a purpose-built bat house to be erected close to the site at allow migration from existing derelict buildings. It’s reported that residents have since taken up occupation of the 4 metre high structure.