New affordable homes for Brecon herald great start to New Year
Published by Sarah Manners for Wales & West Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Health
Terry Flynn, Affordable Housing Officer for Powys County Council, with Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of WWHA and new residents Emily Penpraze and Robert Ogrodnik outside their new homes at Plough Court, Brecon, Powys.
NEW Wales & West Housing Association homes in the centre of Brecon are providing a great build up to the New Year for their first occupants.
Twenty six high quality affordable homes have recently been completed by WWHA in partnership with Powys County Council on the site of the former police station in Lion Street, Brecon.
The £2.4m development of apartments and houses at Plough Court was built by contractors Wates Living Space and properties have been made available for affordable rent by WWHA.
Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of WWHA, said: “We’re really pleased with these lovely new homes which are right in the heart of Brecon.
“This is an architecturally sensitive area and by working proactively with all the relevant authorities we made sure that our designs more than met those particular needs.
“We know there is a huge demand for affordable housing in Powys and this project is just one example of how we are working hard with Powys County Council to meet the needs of local people.”
Cllr Tony Thomas, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "We are pleased to have been able to help facilitate such an important and impressive town centre development on this scale which will help meet the need for good quality, accessible affordable housing in Brecon.
"I would like to commend Wales and West HA, Brecon Beacons National Park and of course our own officers for working so closely and productively to ensure that the scheme has come to fruition."
Nineteen-year-old Emily Penpraze recently moved into a two bedroomed apartment at Plough Court with her two-year-old son Marley.
“I’m really pleased to have this two bedroomed flat as I was living with my parents before but it was very overcrowded,” she said.
“I’ve started to make friends here and it has changed my life, giving me much more independence,” added Emily, a mechanics student.