Social housing provider Valleys To Coast (V2C) has confirmed the completion of its latest housing development in the Bridgend region.
The St John’s development based in Cefn Cribwr opened its doors to new tenants this June, with 10 new properties being provided for tenants within the local area.
Through Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh government’s Social Housing Scheme, work at St Johns began in October 2020 on the site of the old St John’s Ambulance Hall, which had fallen into disrepair.
With a new purpose for the site, and a fitting name paying tribute to its past, Valleys To Coast teamed up with Darlow Lloyd and Cefn Cribwr’s Community Council to produce 10 new-build properties.
Three of the homes have been adapted for tenants with mobility impairments and difficulties.
Valleys To Coast Development manager Rob Green said: “I am really pleased to have worked in partnership with Darlow Lloyd, BCBC, and the Welsh government to get this development over the line.
“One of the perks of the job is being present on move-in days like this; not only do we get to see the good these properties can provide, but it also caps off a brilliant project that we’ve all been working so hard to complete.
“On behalf of everyone at Valleys To Coast, we would like to wish all our new St John’s tenants the very best in their new homes.”
Valleys To Coast was able to complete the new-builds within a 20-month period, despite COVID-19 disruption.
Valleys To Coast Development officer Max Lewis said: “The properties at St John’s really add something to Cefn Cribwr.
“It’s always nice improving areas by utilising the use of brownfield sites like this, but giving a nod to the past is also something we considered.
“When naming the site after the old St John’s Ambulance hall that stood here 20 years ago, we also decided on providing a commemorative plaque so residents and locals can remember what was once here.”
Huw David, leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, has been a long-time supporter of the project having visited the site during its early construction phases.
He said: “It’s looking fantastic, what a transformation from a redundant empty site.
“We’ve now got some really new and attractive homes for people, and I’m thrilled that tenants are moving into these lovely new homes.”
Valleys to Coast provides over 6,000 affordable homes across Bridgend, alongside a portfolio of commercial properties, garages and leasehold flats.
It was established in 2003 as the first large-scale voluntary transfer of council-owned homes to a social housing association in Wales.
Main image: Representatives from Valleys to Coast and Bridgend Council at the new Bridgend housing development
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