Caerphilly approves planning for affordable housing development

Planning permission has been granted for a housing development in Pontllanfraith, bringing a garden village style development to the area and providing much needed housing.

The Chartist Garden Village is being delivered in collaboration between Caerphilly Council and the Pobl Group, resulting in a former council offices site being transformed with up to 125 new homes.

Around two thirds of the development will be affordable housing, including opportunities for low-cost home ownership and social rent.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: ‘There is an increasing need for affordable housing in the county borough and the council is committed to working to meet this demand.

‘This flagship development will bring much needed, high-quality homes to a prime location; offering a range of housing options for local people.’

Ellis Cunliffe, project manager at Pobl Group, added: ‘We are delighted to have received planning permission and are proud to collaborate with Caerphilly Council on this flagship scheme. Our vision is to create a modern garden village with a real sense of place and community, using good design principles and by enhancing the green infrastructure.

‘At Pobl, placemaking is at the heart of what we do, and these principles will be reflected in Chartist Garden Village. The scheme will offer a blend of housing options including affordable homes, social rent and shared ownership homes, as well as outright sale homes.  We have also incorporated sustainable urban drainage features into the design, increasing the amount of green spaces and naturalistic play areas.’

The development will contain arts and crafts style homes built around a landscape of street trees, grass verges and open green spaces, designed to enhance space standards.

Approval for the Chartist Garden Village development was given during a remote meeting of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Planning Committee, held on Wednesday 3rd November.

In related news, housebuilders can apply for a share of at least £624m loan financing to improve transport, build schools and health services, and unlock land for new housing where it is most needed.

Photo supplied by Caerphilly Council


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