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House in hand

Declaration of Sandfields renewal area

The Sandfields area of Swansea was declared a renewal area in January 2014 which will result in a potential £10 million programme of housing and environmental improvements over a 5 year period.

The declaration follows a neighbourhood renewal area (NRA) study that was undertaken in the area over 14 months. Sandfields was selected following a city wide private sector house condition survey (PSHCS) in 2010 and analysis of local deprivation data. The PSHCS gave up to date information on private sector housing stock and highlighted themes that required targeted intervention including area renewal where areas of poor house conditions with elevated levels of social deprivation were identified.

The Sandfields renewal area includes 1038 properties and includes the Vetch Field site.

The NRA study involved completing a further house condition survey, resident, landlord and business questionnaire of stakeholders in the area. Public meetings were held and a residents steering group was formed. The group will remain formed during the implementation of the programme.

Based on the current financial climate and restricted funding in some areas, the NRA study recommended a programme of works including:

  • External wall insulation to terraces of properties
  • Loft insulation
  • Boiler replacements for qualifying residents
  • External repairs where significant disrepair identified, for example roof defects
  • Internal repairs for vulnerable residents via council's Homefix loans
  • Home safety assistance for vulnerable residents where category 1 health and safety hazards have identified
  • Minor environmental works, for example street greening/landscaping works

The funding to meet the proposed £10 million programme will come from a variety of sources, some of these funds already secured and others the subject of current funding bids; including Welsh Government (WG) renewal area funding, utility company funding and via the WG vibrant and viable places programme.

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