- April 25, 2019
- Posted by: Cardiff Labour Group
- Category: Latest News
The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James AM recently saw first-hand how Cardiff Council is ambitiously leading the way on the delivery of more affordable housing across the city.
The Council has plans to deliver over 2,000 much-needed new council homes. It is the most ambitious scheme the city has seen in 40 years. The first 1,000 are on course to be built by 2022.
Yesterday (25/04/19), Council Leader, Councillor Huw Thomas, and Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Lynda Thorne, welcomed the Minister to Captain’s View at Braunton Crescent (Llanrumney) to showcase a fully accessible ground floor show flat at the new mixed-tenure site.
Councillor Lynda Thorne, said:
“I am extremely proud of our Cardiff Living homes and the work being done by our housing development team to ensure Cardiff steps up to the plate to increase the amount of quality, affordable housing to meet the high demand in the city, and thereby contributing to Welsh Government’s own ambitious targets for new homes.
“All of the homes built through Cardiff Living will meet high levels of sustainability and energy efficiency to help tackle fuel poverty as well as, importantly, being built to Lifetime Homes standards to support the changing needs of individuals and families at different stages of life.”
Cllr Huw Thomas said:
“Having become the first Council to fully meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, my administration is now delivering the biggest Council house building programme we have seen in the city in decades. I believe that access to good housing is a basic human right, and the Council is now playing a huge role in delivering this for our citizens, using innovative partnerships, including with Welsh Government, private sector companies like Wates Residential, and others.
“The new properties at Captain’s View are looking fantastic and the first tenants will be moving into enjoy their new homes very soon so I’m delighted we have been able to showcase the scheme to the Minister.”
The Minister also saw the Silvervale Park Cardiff Living development in St Mellons where 187 homes, including 58 council properties are being built and are set for completion by next summer.
The Council’s Cardiff Living scheme forms a part of the Council’s target for 1,000 new council homes in the city by 2022 and 2,000 homes in total in the following years. To achieve these targets, the Council is buying property from the open market, converting existing buildings into housing, using innovative housing solutions such as off-site modular systems and entering into package deals whereby new properties are bought straight from a developer.