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Milford Way council home scheme complete by Christmas

Work on all of Swansea's first new council homes in a generation will be finished by Christmas.

Milford Way

Six of the 18 new homes on Milford Way in Penderry have already been let, with the other 12 due for handover in December.

As part of a pilot scheme to inform other council house builds in Swansea in future, each of the Milford Way homes is designed to innovative, energy-efficient Passivhaus standards, meaning they need very little energy for heating and cooling. 

Among their features are specialist, highly airtight doors and windows.

In recognition of the scheme's innovation, the council has received a grant under the Welsh Government's Innovative Housing Programme, which will considerably off-set some of the Milford Way costs.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Energy and Building Services, said: "Our staff, who have worked tirelessly on the Milford Way development, deserve huge credit because the overall scheme is nearing completion.

"The recent lifting of UK Government restrictions means we can now build new council houses once again in Swansea for the first time in many years. This is important because it will help tackle Swansea's need for affordable housing, while also incorporating energy efficiency measures to help tenants save on their fuel bills.

"Funded by revenue from council rents and not from council tax, the small, pilot Milford Way scheme will inform other council house construction schemes in coming years, both in terms of costs and specification. 

"Although we've also attracted a major grant from the Welsh Government to help cover the costs of the Milford Way development, we're keen on being further cost-efficient for other council house schemes in future.

"That's why we're now looking to build to a new 'Swansea standard' for future schemes that meets all required standards, while also incorporating innovative, energy-efficiency measures in homes."

The next development to be completed will be at Parc Y Helig in Birchgrove, where again the council will be building high quality, energy efficient homes.

Swansea Council's Cabinet will also soon be asked for approval to allocate funds to facilitate enabling works there, prior to the construction of twelve one-bedroom apartments, and four two-bedroom apartments on site. 

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