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New Homes Completed In The Centre Of Newtown

Mid-Wales Housing is pleased to announce that the final stage of its impressive town centre development is now complete and is delighted that local people are enjoying living in their new homes.

The Glan-y-Dwr development is located in the heart of Newtown town centre in a sought after position overlooking the river. The scheme has been developed over three phases; phase one, the former Territorial Army building, was completed in March 2016, and phase two, the former Magistrates' Court was completed in March 2017. The third and final new-build phase of this development provides a total of 13 one- and two-bedroom flats including two which are wheelchair accessible.

The developer was 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 Association.

The development of this final phase cost in the region of £1.35 million which was part-funded by £748,000 of Social Housing Grant from the Welsh Government and the remainder by Mid-Wales Housing Association.

The properties have been 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-plus. 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 on phase one and two. This includes retaining original external features and window openings and using materials that are sympathetic to the original building.

The Association is proud to have promoted local employment and opportunities through the procurement of this scheme. The construction contract required the contractor to employ 80% local labour and provided training placements for building trade apprentices. Significant elements of the houses, such as timber frames and many of the building materials have been supplied by local companies.

Sian Howells, Director of New Business of Mid-Wales Housing said: "This final phase of new build development provides a further 13 units of quality affordable housing and coupled with the two earlier phases of redevelopment, completes the Association's contribution to the overall regeneration of this area of the town centre. It has been a pleasure working with Mid Wales Property Ltd over the past three years and we look forward to continuing this association on other schemes within Powys in the not-too-distant future.

Exterior of the three phases of Glan-y-Dwr, Newtown
Residents outside their new home at Glan-y-Dwr