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More homes developed in former council buildings in Swansea

Efforts to increase new council housing in Swansea are continuing, following the completion of a new set of council-owned flats in the city.

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Swansea Council has transformed an ageing former district housing office (DHO) in the Bonymaen community.

The latest work is part of the Council's ongoing efforts to increase its housing stock for single people and families as well as make use of former council-owned buildings that are no longer in use.

The site of the former Eastside DHO in Bonymaen, now boasts four modern one-bedroom flats, over two floors. They all benefit from modern features with new kitchens, bathrooms and spacious living areas.

The latest development follows on from recent completion of six new flats at the former Penlan DHO. All six flats provide much needed temporary accommodation for families that are waiting to be housed in permanent homes.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Service Transformation, said: "I'm really impressed with the redevelopment of the former district housing office. Our Building Services and Housing teams have once again pulled out the stops to transform, what was, an outdated office block, into much needed accommodation.

"As a Council, we are desperately in need of one-bedroom homes, so this latest development is very welcome and will help take some of the pressure off our housing waiting list.

"This latest redevelopment also follows on from our successful conversion of the Penlan DHO where we have also created modern new homes that will be crucial in supporting our efforts to provide temporary accommodation for families at risk of homelessness."

The Council has previously unveiled two new council homes in the community of Gorseinon.

Two semi-detached three-bedroomed homes were recently completed at a property on Alexandra Road in Gorseinon. The building was a former social services respite centre which the council has previously identified as surplus to requirements.

Cllr Lewis added: "We are pushing forward with the commitment we made to increase and improve our housing stock so we can reduce waiting lists and ensure we tackle homelessness effectively.

"Our More Homes initiative seeks to deliver 1,000 additional energy-efficient council homes within a decade - the biggest council housebuilding project for a generation."

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