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Plans approved for flagship Caerphilly Council housing developments

Artist impression of the Oakdale development

Plans have been approved for two flagship housing developments in Oakdale and Risca.

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved reserved matters applications for both sites, during a meeting on 11th October.

Both sites are being developed by the Council’s Caerphilly Homes team, as part of its ambitious development programme.  On 18th October, Caerphilly’s Cabinet will be asked to endorse proposals for the development of the Oakdale and Risca sites, including the signing of a Delivery Agreement with construction expert Willmott Dixon and the formulation of a social value plan.

Oakdale will see a flagship mixed tenure development of 92 new homes delivered on the disused site of the former Comprehensive School. Cabinet members will also consider the inclusion of a later living scheme on the site which, if approved, will see the relocation of residents from the Council’s Ty Melin sheltered housing scheme in Croespenmaen.

An innovative 45 unit later living scheme is also planned for the Risca development, which will be delivered on the former Ty Darran care home site. When completed, the new development will be used to relocate existing residents from sheltered housing schemes in the locality that have been programmed for closure.

Cllr Shayne Cook, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said “These exciting developments will be unlike anything Caerphilly Council has delivered before. The homes will incorporate innovative design features to ensure energy costs are kept to a minimum for residents, whilst also reducing carbon emissions.

“Amidst the current national cost of living and housing crises, delivering high quality sustainable, energy efficient homes has never been more important.  Last month Cabinet made a commitment to deliver 1,000 new low carbon affordable homes over the next ten years to meet increasing local need.

“In addition, we’re committed to ensuring that the investment being made into our development programme is also used to deliver wider social, economic and environmental benefits for the whole county borough.”