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Timber frames pave way for innovative new council homes

Timber frames for the first new council homes in a generation will soon start to go up on land off Milford Way in Penderry.

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The ten two-bedroom homes and eight one-bedroom apartments have been designed to innovative Passivhaus standards, which means they'll be extremely energy efficient because of the inclusion of in-built measures that will reduce the need for heating.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services, said: "UK Government restrictions that had been in place since the 1980s that meant we were unable to build new council homes for many years have recently been lifted, so we're now able to construct the first new council homes in a generation here in Swansea.

"The exciting new scheme on Milford Way will inform other council home construction schemes in Swansea in future as we look to tackle the city's lack of affordable housing, make inroads into fuel poverty and help Swansea further reduce its carbon footprint.

"It's also local people who will be carrying out the construction work on behalf of our corporate building and property services team, so projects of this nature will generate jobs, boost skills and benefit local suppliers as well.

"We hope some of the homes on Milford Way will be finished and ready for occupation by the early spring."

Work will also start this year on a similar Passivhaus scheme on land off Ffordd-y-Bryn in Birchgrove. Homes being constructed as part of both schemes will also meet Lifetime Homes standards, meaning they'll be adaptable for lifetime use.

Both schemes are being funded by revenue from council rents, and not from council tax. 

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