Swansea Council has announced plans to build the first council homes in Swansea “for a generation”.
The council will look at two small pilot schemes, which could result in new council homes being built at Penderry and Llansamlet in the next few years. The council says the pilot schemes are part of a longer-term strategic plan to provide more affordable homes in Swansea in the future.
If the pilot schemes are given the green light, the house building projects will be funded from council rents, rather than council tax.
Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services, Councillor Andrea Lewis, said:
“It's no secret that demand for good quality, affordable homes to rent isn't being met in sufficient numbers.
“Families and communities are suffering as a result – and as a council, Swansea has the determination to do something about this.
“Tackling poverty and building sustainable communities are two of the council's top priorities – and providing new affordable homes will help us to achieve both.
“Changes to the way council housing is financed in Wales came into effect in April, which means we can now consider a return to building once again.
“This is something we haven't been able to do until now, due to government restrictions since the 1980s.
“There's a critical shortfall in the number of homes in Swansea for affordable rent – and the sooner we start to fill this gap, the better.
“If these pioneering, pilot projects are successful, they will provide much-needed affordable new homes for rent for local people.
“The construction phase will also provide the potential for creating local jobs and local skills.”
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