Hopes for am­bi­tious £4m gar­den vil­lage scheme take a step for­ward

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HOPES of more than 30 eco-friendly homes be­ing built in Burry Port have taken a step for­ward.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged at Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil for the am­bi­tious £4 mil­lion gar­den vil­lage scheme in Glan­mor Ter­race.

If plans are ap­proved, con­struc­tion could start as early as the spring.

North Pem­brokeshire­based Western So­lar Ltd is be­hind the ven­ture and the firm’s mis­sion state­ment is to pro­duce lowen­ergy, af­ford­able homes that are built on sus­tain­able prin­ci­ples.

A multi-mil­lion-pound fund­ing pack­age has been se­cured by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s new hous­ing com­pany, Cartrefi Croeso. The pro­posed scheme would cre­ate 22 two-bed­room homes and 10 one-bed­room apart­ments on land next to the ex­ist­ing Plas y Mor ex­tra care scheme.

The pro­pos­als in­clude plans for a mix­ture of homes, in­clud­ing apart­ments built over two-storeys with lift ac­cess, and bun­ga­lows.

If given the go-ahead, the homes will have en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fea- tures such as so­lar pan­els and Welsh tim­ber, which would both be sourced and man­u­fac­tured lo­cally.

The homes are de­signed to save res­i­dents up to £1,000 a year on en­ergy bills and will of­fer open­plan liv­ing space.

The walls would be in­su­lated with re­cy­cled news- pa­per and the wooden win­dows will achieve Pas­sive House stan­dard. The de­sign of the homes will also be eas­ily adapt­able to chang­ing hous­ing and health needs, as the twobed­room homes can ac­com­mo­date fu­ture lift pro­vi­sion and a wet room on the ground floor.

A com­mu­nal boules gam­ing court is planned as part of the scheme.

Within the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, a re­port into the project by As­bri Plan­ning, act­ing as agents for Western So­lar Ltd, states the scheme “will lead to the cre­ation of a high­qual­ity place to live that of­fers con­tem­po­rary and sus­tain­able hous­ing, and will con­trib­ute to the re­gen­er­a­tion of the coastal re­gion of Burry Port”.

It con­cludes: “The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide the local com­mu­nity of Burry Port with a highly sus­tain­able res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, with fa­cil­i­ties that are avail­able for com­mu­nity use.”

A large pro­por­tion of the homes would be man­u­fac­tured in a newly es­tab­lished factory in Am­man­ford, which will also cre­ate new jobs, and 80% of the raw ma­te­ri­als and the labour would be lo­cally sourced to help sus­tain local busi­nesses.

The Welsh Gov­ern­ment in­cluded the am­bi­tious Burry Port Gar­den Vil­lage de­vel­op­ment in its £43 mil­lion in­no­va­tive hous­ing pro­gramme grant.

Cartrefi Croeso was es­tab­lished by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil in 2017 to open up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for hun­dreds of af­ford­able homes to be built out­side the bound­aries of the hous­ing rev­enue ac­count (HRA), which lim­its in­vest­ment to so­cial hous­ing.

The com­pany’s main aim is to help local peo­ple get on to the prop­erty lad­der, while also sup­port­ing the local con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

A £4 mil­lion gar­den vil­lage scheme fea­tur­ing more than 30 eco-friendly homes could be built in Burry Port.

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