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Carmarthenshire Council proposes £300 million plan to create 2,200 affordable houses across the county

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

Council leaders have revealed plans to develop roughly 2,200 affordable houses across Carmarthenshire.


The council would create the houses, apartments, and bungalows in collaboration with housing associations and other developers, as well as properties it owns or renovates.


At a meeting on Monday, February 14, cabinet ministers adopted the five-year policy. It will now be considered by the whole council.


Cllr Linda Evans, who oversees the housing portfolio, announced the plan at cabinet, saying the energy-efficient homes will be available for rent or purchase to elderly people, families, single individuals, and those with special needs.


"It will help the economy and create jobs," she added, adding that it will also aid the county's recovery from the pandemic's effects.


The 2,160 dwellings would be divided into four zones: Carmarthenshire's north (226 homes), Ammanford and the Amman Valley area (362 homes), Carmarthen and west (415 homes), and Llanelli and district area (415 homes) (1,157).


The 40-plus sites range in size from four houses at Wauniago House in Carmarthen to 240 at an undisclosed Burry Port location. However, Cllr Evans stated that some of the sites may alter as the plan is developed.


24 houses at Llandybie, 12 in Ammanford town centre, and 140 on land in Penygroes have been allocated in the Ammanford and Amman Valley area.


60 houses in Pencrug, Llandeilo, and 32 in Llandovery are proposed in the county's north.


16 houses are planned for Maesgriffith, Llansteffan, 40 for Bancyfelin, and 50 for the old Lidl site in Carmarthen in the Carmarthen and west area.


210 properties in North Dock, Llanelli, 144 assisted living homes at the Pentre Awel wellness and life science community at Delta Lakes, and 71 homes at two sites in Llangennech are among the allocations in the Llanelli and district region.


Young people preferred to stay and work in Carmarthenshire, according to council leader Emlyn Dole.


“That is possible through this kind of scheme,” he explained.


In 2016, the Plaid-Independent government announced a five-year plan to build 1,000 affordable homes.


The aim was met a year ahead of schedule, according to Cllr Evans, and the most recent total was 1,296.


Some of these council houses are included in the 2,160 properties specified in the new affordable homes policy for 2022-27, as the authority announced in 2019 that it aimed to build 900 council houses in a 10-year programme costing £150 million.


According to the proposed strategy, individuals in Carmarthenshire, particularly in coastal and rural areas, are being priced out of their communities.


A consultation on the five-year plan drew almost 2,500 persons and organizations. They claimed that housing needs should dictate where more homes are developed, and that rural transportation and broadband connections also needed to be enhanced.


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