New Denbighshire housing development completed Friday 16 October 2020
An exciting funding scheme by Grŵp Cynefin in Denbighshire has ensured that three rather than one affordable homes have been built for local people on a housing estate of 10 at Rhewl near Ruthin.
Since the summer, individuals and families have been moving into their new homes at Lôn yr Eglwys estate, Rhewl near Ruthin in Denbighshire.
Of the ten properties built on the site in the centre of the village, two have been let at intermediate rent as affordable housing, one house has been completed under the shared equity scheme thanks to the Tai Teg scheme* and seven have been sold on the open market.
The shared equity scheme gives people who do not earn enough the opportunity and equity to buy a house at open market price. Some of the criteria include you must be 18 years of age, have an annual household income of between £16,000 and £45,000, have a local connection with the area and be a first time buyer or live in a property that is not suitable for your needs.
Lôn yr Eglwys is a development in partnership with Denbighshire County Council thanks to Welsh Government funding.
One of the buyers who has benefited, thanks to the financial reinvestment in affordable houses on the site, is Hana Thomas, 24 from Ruthin. Hana works as a clerk counter at the Post Office in Denbigh and Ruthin.
“I was happy living with mum and dad in Ruthin but felt that now was the time for me to start standing on my own two feet. The new house in Rhewl is lovely. It’s cosy, warm and comfortable and I’ve settled in very well here.
“Taking that first step of leaving the house where you grew up is a big step and I’m very pleased to be able to buy a good quality house in a nice housing estate here in Rhewl. I’m looking forward to living here.”
Catrin Roberts, Affordable Homes Manager at Grŵp Cynefin, said: “It’s brilliant to reach such a great milestone, having developed a new housing estate. Although contact with tenants and owners has changed since the introduction of Covid19
measures, it remains a special experience.
“Seeing local people move into their new homes, some in their hometown, or the county where they were born and bred makes my job very rewarding.
“At Lôn yr Eglwys, we had the opportunity to reinvest money after selling the houses on the open market, enabling us to add two more affordable homes to the estate to benefit local people. That flexibility has paid off here at Rhewl.”
The properties are spacious, with larger than average rooms, well insulated to reduce energy costs. There are 4 two-bedroom houses, 4 three-bedroom houses and 2 four-bedroom houses within the development.
Denbighshire County Council’s cabinet member for housing, regulation and environment, Tony Thomas, said: “The Council is pleased to complete this housing estate in partnership with Grŵp Cynefin bringing additional investment into the county’s affordable homes. It complements our investment in new council homes.
“This is helping us to achieve the housing priority in the Council’s Corporate Plan which aims to reach our target of delivering 260 affordable homes across the county by 2022.”
The estate was named to commemorate the fact that a colonial style church was built on the original site. Services were held there every Sunday until the church congregation diminished and the building was closed approximately 10 years ago. Although it was a religious church, the venue was not consecrated, so no one was allowed to be baptised, married or to have a funeral service there.
As part of the £12,000 community benefits to the village associated with the development, the money was made available to the Community Council to invest and improve the quality of outdoor play equipment at the Rhewl Playground for children and families of the village.
For more information about Tai Teg visit the website www.taiteg.org.uk
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