Mid-Wales Housing is pleased that work is progressing well on the development of new homes at the old Territorial Army building and Magistrates’ Court House in Newtown which will now be known as Glan-y-Dwr.
The scheme comprises a total of 13 flats and is being developed in two phases. Phase one of the development was the renovation of the former TA building completed in March this year which comprises six one- and two-bedroom flats. Phase two of development will be the renovation of the former Magistrates’ Court comprising seven one- and two-bedroom flats. The development includes one wheelchair accessible flat in each development phase.
The developer is Mid Wales Property Ltd. of Newtown with the construction work being managed by the Association’s project manager Mildred, Howells & Co. from Swansea and supervised by Mid-Wales Housing.
The development will cost in the region of £1.4 million and will be part-funded by £720,000 of Welsh Government Social Housing and Smaller Homes Grants with the remainder funded by Mid-Wales Housing Association. Loan funding has also been arranged with Powys County Council from their Town Centre Regeneration fund.
Phase one of the development was completed in March of this year with phase two programmed to be completed by March 2017.
The properties are being built to a very high standard and comply with the Welsh Government’s Development Quality Requirements, Life Time Homes and Secured by Design Standards and achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 3. The buildings are located within a conservation area and every effort has been made to retain the overall character and appearance of the original buildings. This includes retaining original external features and window openings and using materials that are sympathetic to the original building. The development has also been designed to conserve and enhance local wildlife and includes significant bat mitigation measures.
A resident who recently moved into one of the flats said: “I am very pleased with my new flat which is secure and has helped me to live independently. The flats are built to a good standard with spacious room sizes and is so close to the local shops and services which is great”.