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£6.7 million investment will transform former Pencoed Primary School site

Representatives from Hafod, Jehu and and Bridgend County Borough Council pictured at ground-breaking ceremony at former Pencoed Primary School site

A ground breaking ceremony has signalled the start of a new housing development in Pencoed which will deliver 40 much-needed affordable homes on the site of the former Pencoed Primary School.

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Hafod, Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend based contractor, Jehu Group are working in partnership to redevelop the site which will help to meet a high demand for homes in the area.

Hafod has invested over £20m in building new homes in the county borough in the past five years and is pleased to see this latest development underway. Jas Bains, Hafod Chief Executive, said: “The site holds a lot of history and we hope the new development will add to this by bringing another valuable asset to the community in the form of much-needed, high quality affordable homes”

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Funded by Hafod and the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant and Housing Finance Grant, the £6.7 million investment will deliver 12 one-bedroom apartments, 15 two-bedroom, seven three-bedroom and six four-bedroom homes which are due for completion in autumn 2020.

Cllr Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “I can’t think of a more fitting use for this site. This modern redevelopment will bring very important affordable housing for local people, improving choice and availability in a popular area where it’s needed.

“Hafod and the council have a long history of working well together and I’m sure this project will prove to be another successful partnership.”

Huw Irranca-Davies AM, added: “I was delighted to join others at the ground breaking ceremony on site of the former Pencoed Primary School, which will now make way for construction of a brand new development of affordable housing.

“The wider benefits of the new development will provide a boost to the local area with an upgrade of existing outdoor recreation facilities along with safer community routes via a speed restriction of 20mph on the new proposed estate road.”

Lee Woodfine, Managing Director at Jehu Group commented: “We are so pleased to have been appointed the contractor for this development by Hafod. As a Bridgend based family company we relish these opportunities to transform and regenerate communities on our very doorstep.”