Innovative housing plans secure grant funding


Plans for innovative housing solutions to help tackle the growing need for good quality, affordable homes in the city have been awarded Welsh Government funding.


Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, has welcomed yesterday's announcement that the authority's bid for Innovative Housing Programme funding has been successful.


Cllr Thorne said: "The Council is always looking at new and innovative ways we can deliver more affordable housing for the city and I'm delighted that our schemes have received backing from the Innovative Housing Programme."


The Council has secured £2.6m for two schemes that will help tackling current housing pressures in the city and contribute to the authority's aim of delivering 1,000 new council homes by 2022, and 2,000 new council homes in the longer term.


The successful initiatives include a scheme for 17 highly energy efficient properties - 12 flats and five houses, built using a modular system on Croft Street in Plasnewydd and an environmentally-friendly development of  30 flats and 12 mews homes, all built torigorous ‘Passivhaus' energy efficiency standards,on the site of the former Highfields Centre in Heath.Ten flats will be available for rent from the council, while the rest will be sold on the open market.



Cllr Thorne continued, "Our plans for both Croft Street and the Passivhaus development are inventive and exciting. The modular system is highly energy efficient, larger than standard properties and quicker to build than traditional build so we hope to make significant time savings on site reducing the impact on the existing residents and delivering new homes more quickly.


"While it has always been our intention to develop the ten new council homes at the Highfields site to Passivhaus standards, we are really pleased that Welsh Government has recognised the innovation of the wider development of that site and this funding will enable us to test the market for the private sale of Passivhaus properties there."


Last year, the Council was awarded more than £1.2m in Innovative Housing funding for two schemes to provide housing solutions for homeless families in shipping container units.