A scheme to redevelop 1-4 Oxford Buildings in Mountain Ash has now been completed, after RCT Council worked with partners to bring the prominent vacant buildings back in to use.
1-4 Oxford buildings have been a key feature to the south-east entrance to Mountain Ash town Centre for over 100 years, although the buildings had been left vacant for a number of years.
With the scheme complete, the Council and its partners have successfully brought the buildings back in to use, with the redevelopment forming a key aspect of the wider town centre regeneration strategy for Mountain Ash, which includes the development of the new Ty Calon Lan Primary Care Centre and the regeneration of Guto Square.
The development of 1-4 Oxford buildings has been a joint initiative between Cynon Taf Community Housing Group, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and the Welsh Government, working to bring a much-needed supported housing facility to the area.
The Council’s Housing Strategy Team have worked closely with Cynon Taf Community Housing on the project over the past 18 months – from the initial stages of the development, consulting with community members over the plans and designs, and the delivery of the completed scheme.
The development provides up to 8 self-contained, high quality apartments specifically for adults with a learning disability, where individuals will have access to targeted support from care partners DRIVE to enable them to maximise their independence and promote choice.
The development creates a safe and secure environment in the heart of Mountain Ash where residents can integrate with the wider community, whilst also providing a more welcoming entrance to the town centre.
Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and the Welsh Language, said: “I am pleased to have seen this important development scheme completed in Mountain Ash, with the previously derelict Oxford Buildings transformed in to a safe, secure and high-quality environment for adults with learning disabilities.
“The redevelopment scheme crucially forms part of the wider regeneration strategy for Mountain Ash, which the Council consulted on in late 2018, as part of an exhibition which was widely supported by the local community. Planning for the Rhos (Guto’s) Square development was subsequently awarded in April 2019.
“I would like to extend my thanks to Cynon Taf Community Housing for working closely with the Council in delivering this project, for the benefit of residents and the local community.”