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More homes on the horizon for Swansea as it tackles climate issues

Swansea Council is building even more environmentally friendly homes in the city after receiving a share of a £30 million Welsh Government grant.

IHP grant

Twenty-five new homes are to be developed in the Clase community of the city following confirmation that the Council had secured more than £1.5 million from the WG Innovative Housing Programme (IHP).

The funding will help continue the Council's ongoing 'More Homes' programme which has already seen new energy efficient homes developed in other parts of Swansea.

The new homes, to be sited at Beaconsview, Clase, will feature integrated solar roofs, battery storage and air source heat pumps. All of the technologies being installed will assist the properties in generating their own electricity which will be used to power the homes.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy in Swansea Council, said:  "The latest round of funding will enable us to develop even more quality housing that benefits from the latest innovative energy saving technology and helps keep energy costs to a minimum for tenants.

"This announcement also illustrates the commitment we have already made in developing new homes in Swansea where we are being viewed as leading the way in Wales in innovative housing programmes.

"An important aspect of these developments is also our use of local work forces which have been made possible through our own in-house Building Services Team. Swansea as a city is benefitting hugely from these schemes not just in terms of good quality housing but also in terms of employment."

Swansea has already started construction of 34 new 'Swansea Standard' homes at Parc Yr Helig in Birchgrove and Colliers Way in Blaenymaes. Both schemes were funded via the previous IHP funding settlement.

Welsh Government Housing Minister Julie James visited the site at Parc Yr Helig to make this year's announcement and view progress made at the site with previous grants.

She said: "We face serious challenges in Wales, in terms of responding to the climate emergency and also delivering more affordable housing. This programme offers us the chance to develop homes with low fuel bills to tackle fuel poverty, homes designed and built with a low carbon impact in mind, and homes that can evolve with their households.

"We have an opportunity to deliver affordable, high-quality homes that meet all these challenges, which reduce the impact of house building on the environment, and that can be built at scale to meet the needs of our communities.

"I'm really proud of the progress that has been made in Swansea. The Council has embraced the Innovative Housing Programme and developed exemplar sites.

"Good quality, beautiful houses are so important to people's lives. I look forward to seeing these projects develop and to seeing the finished builds become homes."

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