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Valleys to Coast announces first development project outside Bridgend

Valleys to Coast is excited to share the news about starting its first development project outside Bridgend. In a partnership with Castell Group Ltd, this development aims to deliver high-quality, energy-efficient affordable housing in Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf, addressing a significant demand for new homes in the region.
The development is set to transform a brownfield site that once housed the YMCA building, destroyed by fire in November 2008. This redevelopment will not only provide essential housing but also breathe new life into a long-neglected area.
Darrin Davies, Director of Development at Valleys to Coast, expressed his enthusiasm for the project: “This is a landmark moment for us as we expand our efforts to provide much-needed affordable housing outside Bridgend. By redeveloping this site, we’re not only meeting the urgent housing needs of the community but also contributing to the area’s revitalisation.”
The project will feature 21 EPC A-rated one-bedroom flats, each equipped with non-fossil fuel heating and solar panels to help residents manage their cost of living. Employing innovative construction techniques, the homes will be built using a closed panel timber frame system. This method involves pre-assembling and pre-insulating timber panels off-site, ensuring both efficiency and quality.
All homes will be offered at social rent and allocated through the general needs waiting list managed by RCT Council via Home Finder RCT, ensuring they reach those who need them most.
The homes are expected to be ready by Spring 2026. The next steps include setting up the site in the coming weeks and organising community engagement events to keep local residents informed and involved in the development process.