House building in Gorseinon

Swansea Labour driving forward scheme for new affordable Gorseinon homes

Swansea Labour is behind a scheme to build around 85 new affordable homes in Gower View Road, Gorseinon.

Thanks to a land sale agreed jointly by Welsh Government and Swansea Council the scheme is being driven forward by the Labour-controlled administration

Two registered social landlords are set to purchase the near-16-acre site at Gower View Road in a deal which will see 145 new homes built there with 59% of them affordable properties. This has been set in motion by Swansea Council’s Cabinet.

Labour Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: “The council is committed to building 1,000 new affordable homes for rent over the next decade.

“In the coming year we’re spending £52.5m on building new homes and fitting out hundreds of council houses with new kitchens, bathrooms and other improvements.

“But, in addition to that, we are collaborating with the Welsh Government and registered social landlords to taking a partnership approach in building up affordable housing stock in the city.

“That’s why we’re pleased to have the opportunity to sell this parcel of land in Gorseinon which will create much-needed homes in an area where there’s a shortage of good quality affordable property for rent or purchase.

“This sale will mean the council will be getting a number of the properties which we will be able to add to our existing housing stock for affordable rent to local people.

“It’s a good example of partnership working to deliver for residents in our communities.”

The report to Cabinet says that the site as a whole is just under 16 acres in size. Twelve acres is owned by the Welsh Government and the rest is owned by the council.

Under the sale arrangements it’s been agreed the registered social landlords will be allowed to access Welsh Government grants so that the homes which are built are energy-efficient to help householders’ fuel bills down.

 

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