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Home improvement plan moves forward for Swansea tenants

Preparations are underway to develop a masterplan for a housing estate in Swansea in a bid to improve the environment and homes for the residents.

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Swansea Council is in the early stages of developing a scheme in Penlan as part of wider aims of meeting the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).

Earlier this year, residents of the Tudno and Emrys housing estate were informed of the intention to develop a masterplan for wider improvements in the area. Now the Council has enlisted the help of survey teams to carry out a series of site visits where ground investigations and other surveys of the area will be completed.

The work will help inform the masterplan which the Council intends to put out to tender later this year.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "The area is in need of a plan which will provide tenants with good quality, energy efficient housing.

"We are in the early stages and residents, along with ward members, will play their part in deciding what happens. We will be making sure they are involved throughout the process.

"Once we have completed the survey work we will be in a better position to move to the next stage of drawing up a masterplan - this could include refurbishing existing homes or even selective demolition of some properties if its needed, as well as considering opportunities to build new homes. All options will be considered"

The plans follow on from the recent completion of new council homes at Colliers Way near Blaenymaes. 16 new and innovative 'passivhaus' homes were built at the site and the Council is now looking at the development of a second phase.

New homes are also planned for a site at Parc Y Helyg, Birchgrove after a £2.8 million scheme was approved in the summer.

Cllr Lewis added: "The investment in new and existing council homes in Swansea is something we are committed to, enabling us to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard by 2020.

"Residents living in council homes in our city deserve good quality homes which make use of modern energy efficient technology."


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