Work has started on a ground breaking £1.4m social housing scheme aimed at rebuilding a community in Rhyl.
The new Afallon development in Abbey Street is in the heart of the town’s West End and overlooks the Gerddi Heulwen green space which opened last year. The driving force behind the scheme is West Rhyl Housing Co-operative, Wales’s first urban rental housing co-operative, formed by North Wales Housing and West Rhyl Community Land Trust.
Fiona Davies, chairman of the Trust, said:
This is an exciting opportunity for local families to benefit from brand new high quality, affordable housing. The aim of the co-operative is to rebuild the close-knit community that once thrived in West Rhyl.
Tenants become members of the housing co-operative, which entitles them to get involved in how their properties are managed and to determine and influence future plans and projects in the area.
Barry Mellor, mayor of Rhyl, welcomed the development and said:
It’s fantastic. It’s what we’ve needed here for a long, long time and it will boost this area considerably. For the Community Land Trust to do this is unbelievable and to have a local company building it is superb – what we need now is for other companies to get on board to help out.
Award-winning builders, Anwyl, will build seven new three-bedroom family homes with private gardens and parking, and are refurbishing former commercial premises which will house a community shop and a bakery on the ground floor with two one-bedroom and two two-bedroom flats above.
Paul Diggory, chief executive of North Wales Housing, said:
North Wales Housing are proud to be part of this important regeneration of West Rhyl. Afallon is an attractive community housing project providing real family homes built to a high specification and standard of energy efficiency. It aims to create a vibrant community where families and businesses wish to settle and grow.
Anwyl Construction director Tom Anwyl said:
We have played a part in the community and trained and employed many people from Rhyl and it’s symbolic of our ongoing commitment to the town that we’re now heavily involved in the regeneration of this area. This is an attractive community housing project providing real family homes built to a high specification and standard of energy efficiency.
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