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Tuesday 18th December 2012 | 16:44
Welsh Government press release
Father Christmas will be much busier in Henllan, near Denbigh, this year as six new families have moved into their new affordable homes in the village just in time for Christmas, thanks to a partnership between the Welsh Government, and Wales and West Housing Association.
Funded with £478,000 of capital from the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Fund and Wales and West Housing Association’s private finance, the £825,000 scheme consists of two two-bedroomed homes and four three-bedroomed homes. The homes have all exceeded the BREEAM level 3 code for sustainability and have heating and hot water run by air source heat pumps which are complimented by photovoltaic panels on the roof.
The development is in addition to 2,489 additional affordable homes delivered by the Welsh Government during the 2011 – 12 financial year, 62% of which were funded with capital grants from the Welsh Government. This figure represents almost a third of the government’s target of providing 7,500 additional affordable homes during the five-year term of this Assembly.
Mr & Mrs Lowe are one of the families moving into the new homes. They have moved from a private rented house which was fitted with LPG gas to run the heating and hot water which was becoming extremely expensive to run and are looking forward to living in a warm well insulated energy efficient house which will be cheap to run”.
Mrs Roberts is another new resident. She has a degenerative condition which now prevents her from walking unaided, had previously lived in privately rented accommodation with her husband and three children. Her landlords would not permit adaptations so Mrs Roberts is very impressed with the downstairs level access shower room which will make her life so much easier and is looking forward to having a stairlift fitted in her new home.
Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis said: “What better Christmas present for these families than to be able to move into their new homes and get settled ready for the festive season, without the worry of high energy bills or the difficulty of living in an unsuitable home?
“These homes are excellent examples of how the Welsh Government is working with housing associations and local authorities to deliver decent, warm, affordable and suitable homes for families across Wales.
“We know that demand for affordable housing continues to grow and we need to deliver even more homes in future. With tightening budgets, this will prove quite a challenge but we are developing new ways in which we can attract other investment and I look forward to continuing the good work we have carried out to date and delivering more homes.”
“I wish all six families a very happy first Christmas in their new homes.”