Work is underway on a development of new affordable properties in Rhyl, some of which will be available under the Welsh Government’s ‘Homebuy’ scheme, helping people to own a home of their own.
The Pennaf Housing Group, which includes Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, have engaged leading regeneration experts Galliford Try Partnerships to build 20 two and three bedroom houses facing the new Gerddi Heulwen green space area in the town, some of which will be available under ‘Homebuy’ allowing people who have a local link, either living or working in the area, to own their own home.
The new homes have been made possible thanks to partnership support from Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government as an integral part of the wider regeneration work in the town and representatives from all the partner agencies visited the development on Wendesday (Oct 5), including Cllr Ann Davies, Chairman of Denbighshire County.
“Work is really progressing well and we expect a high demand for the properties,” said Rob Hopkins, Sales and Leasehold Manager for Clwyd Alyn who added that the homes are being built by award-winning contractors Galliford Try.
“Homebuy is a great way for people to get their first step on the housing ladder. Under the scheme house-buyers who meet the eligibility criteria only need a deposit and mortgage for 50% of the property, so it can work out cheaper to buy than rent.
“Clwyd Alyn provides a loan for the other 50% of the property, but there is no cost for this to the home-buyer, it is simply repaid based on the value of the property if it is sold in the future.”
“The new, contemporary homes on Gronant Street are ideally suited for couples and families. They have been built to a high quality and each also has an allocated parking space.
“We’re expecting a high demand for the homes which are for sale and these will be allocated to first-time buyers who are working and directly connected to Rhyl, or moving to the town to take up employment.”
Councillor Barbara Smith, Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Housing said: “We are delighted to see work progressing on this initiative. It’s another quality project that will help improve the quality of life for local people.
“This is an exciting time for Rhyl, as we have seen the housing redevelopments taking shape and the ambitious waterfront proposals are progressing well.
“This development is another milestone in the wider regeneration of Rhyl.”
To register an interest in the new homes on Gronant Street or to find out more about the Homebuy option, call 0800 183 5757 (or for cheaper calls from a mobile call 01745 536800) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The homes are part of Pennaf’s £4.5 million investment in housing regeneration in Rhyl, working in partnership with the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council, transforming housing in the heart of Rhyl around the new Gerddi Heulwen Green Space area.
Pennaf has already completed a number of extensive refurbishment programmes around the area and is also nearing completion on a separate renovation scheme to properties in Abbey Street and Edward Henry Street.
The homes currently being built by Galliford Try Partnerships on Gronant Street and Abbey Street have been made possible with Welsh Government assistance and will be available to rent or buy under a tenure neutral scheme.
Exciting proposals for a brand new waterpark in Rhyl have moved a step closer, with the planning application for the ambitious leisure attraction now submitted for consideration.
Members of Denbighshire County Council formally supported the Waterpark proposal earlier this year – with the Council, Rhyl Town Council and Welsh Government providing financial support for the development.
The proposal is for a 1200 metre square water space, with indoor and outdoor flume rides, children’s water play frame and slides, double height children’s play activity zone, climbing facilities, party rooms, reception, sales areas, outside Splash Pool – two wet splash pads, sun lounger areas and café terraces to provide wet play entertainment.
There will also be beach ‘style’ changing huts in the outdoor splash zone and WC facilities, as well as a bar and terrace to cater for evening trade.
The development will create 60 new jobs and attract 350,000 additional visitors to the town every year. Subject to planning permission, work will begin in September 2017 with the new facilities open in early 2019.
The proposals, drawn up in partnership with Alliance Leisure, will also mean that the town’s skatepark will be relocated. The County Council will consult with local young people to co-design the skatepark, with the new facility offering new, more attractive design features. The paddling pool will be replaced by a significantly enhanced outdoor splash pad and sun terrace, as part of the redevelopment.
Rebecca Maxwell, Denbighshire’s Corporate Director – Public Realm and the Economy, said: “The waterpark is a flagship project for the Councils and the development is an essential element of efforts to increase footfall in the town, to create jobs and increase spend in the local economy. This has also been at the forefront of our proposals to redevelop the waterfront and is a major part of our regeneration plans for Rhyl.
Jamie Groves, Denbighshire’s Head of Facilities, Assets and Housing, said: “This is a significant milestone in the waterpark development. There is a lot of anticipation into how the new waterpark will look and the recent public drop-in held at the Vue cinema really gave people a flavour of the ambitious and exciting development that is being proposed. The feedback we have received from the public has been extremely positive.”
Gareth Nickels, Rhyl Town Council Town Clerk, said: “We welcome the submission of the waterpark planning application which heralds another step in Rhyl’s regeneration. The response to the public consultation showed there is clear support for the waterpark proposal which will bring not only a new, much-needed attraction to Rhyl but jobs, tourists and business footfall too.”
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