Social Housing need addressed by Gwalia and Neath Port Talbot Council
Gwalia are forging ahead with a £2.2m scheme to redevelop the former Morfa Afan Care Home and address the need for much needed social housing in the Port Talbot area.
Neath-based Hale Construction have been appointed by Gwalia to take forward the £2.2m scheme and provide 23 new homes at the former Neath Port Talbot Council-owned care home on Dalton Road, Port Talbot.
Morfa Afan was closed when residents moved to Gwalia’s 60 bed state-of-the-art Llys Y Seren Care Home at Moor Road, Port Talbot in 2014.
Plans include building eight two-bedroom houses and 12 one-bedroom flats and redevelop an existing house on the site.
Head of Projects for Development and New Business Elfed Roberts (pictured left) said Gwalia are working in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council’s Housing Strategy team to address the need for social housing in Neath Port Talbot.
He said: “Gwalia have work very closely with local authorities to address the need for affordable housing in the areas we work. This project will provide 21 high quality, affordable new homes for the people of Port Talbot.”
Gwalia commit to using local contractors, whenever possible, to ensure that the surrounding local communities benefit from the £2.2m investment.
Mr Roberts said that Hales will provide training and apprenticeship opportunities for young people looking for a career in construction and source materials from the locality wherever possible.
“Gwalia put people before profit,” he said. “When we plan our schemes we ensure that the needs of the people we work with are met. All new homes we build meet Welsh Government’s Development Quality Housing Requirements and are built to a very high standard and energy efficient for the benefit of prospective tenants.”
The development is the latest in the area to be funded through the Welsh Government's Social Housing Grant programme, which is managed by Neath Port Talbot Council. In addition to delivering new homes the programme aims to invest in jobs, skills, training and communities.
Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas OBE (pictured right) said: “I am delighted that the Council in its strategic housing role is working with Gwalia to deliver new social housing funded through the Welsh Government’s social housing grant programme. The development will construct 21 new homes for people in housing need, including 12 much-needed one bed-roomed apartments which will be more affordable for people affected by the UK Government’s ‘bedroom tax’.
“This development will not only provide social housing but also help create valuable jobs, skills and training opportunities, all of which are important priorities for the Council. I look forward to this and other schemes starting on site this year and to the delivery of high quality new homes”.
Managing Director for Hales Jonathan Hale said several small businesses will benefit directly from the contract.
He said: “Hale Construction are pleased to have been chosen as the preferred contractor and continue their long standing relationship with Gwalia Housing with the construction of these 21 new homes in the Sandfields, Port Talbot.”