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Maes Gwern

Published: 15/06/2018

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will consider proposals for the development of 48 new social, affordable rent and shared equity homes at Maes Gwern, Mold when it meets on Tuesday, 19 June. The development of the site is a strategic priority for the Council and is pre-agreed for inclusion within the Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP). This will bring the total number of properties completed approved in principle or approved by the Council to 293. The Cabinet will also be asked to approve funding through prudential (affordable) borrowing to be used to fund the proposed development of the new Council homes and approve the use of shared equity reserves of £0.270m for the affordable element of this scheme. Cabinet approval was given in July 2017 for the sale of land at Maes Gwern, Mold to Wates Residential at the agreed independent open market valuation. The proposed scheme will see the development of 160 new residential dwellings as houses, apartments and bungalows. This will be a mixed scheme comprising of 112 properties (70%) sold for open market sales, alongside a 48 (30%) affordable housing provision which will consist of Council, affordable rent and affordable purchase properties in accordance with the Council’s affordable planning policies and guidelines. The proposed scheme has been designed to reflect a “garden village” theme, with emphasis on the interaction between public and private space and with excellent pedestrian and cycle connectivity to Mold Town Centre. The proposed pedestrian and cycle routes through the site have been developed following detailed lengthy consultation with local stakeholder interest groups, and have been considered on the basis of where people will be moving to and from within and through the development. Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said: “This is another exciting step in our journey to provide affordable rental and purchase properties in Flintshire. In addition to Maes Gwern, the Council has completed construction on Alexandra Road in Mold where 16 new Council properties are being developed. This will ensure there are equal opportunities for people living in Mold to access both Council, affordable rent and shared equity properties in the town. “A Local Lettings Policy will be developed for each of the proposed schemes to ensure housing opportunities for local people are maximised.”