The site in Prestatyn was established outside the ‘settlement boundary’, usually preventing planning consent. However, an ‘exception policy’ exists within current planning guidance, whereby planning can be granted on sites outside the boundary if the development is to be 100% affordable and is a logical extension of the existing settlement.
Work on the site started on 20 June 2022 and is aiming for completion in two years, which will help alleviate the housing shortage in Denbighshire earlier than originally programmed.
Once finished, the 102 dwellings will become social housing for Adra, offering two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, with 9 of the mix being bungalows — 46 are to be Social Rent, while 56 are to be Intermediate Rent.
Stuart Andrew, design and planning director for Castle Green, commented: “Prestatyn is the one community in Denbighshire established as having the highest level of affordable housing need, and this scheme will allow Castle Green Homes, in partnership with Adra, to offer over a hundred local families the opportunity of a new affordable homes built to the latest building regulations and standards.”
With energy costs rising to eye watering levels, the importance of energy efficiency with affordable homes is paramount. Castle Green’s homes are sustainable by design, optimising thermal efficiency through the building fabric rather than add-on measures, and all achieve levels of energy-efficiency in excess of latest Building Regulations. All 102 dwellings are to be constructed to EPC A standard, making the homes highly efficient for all the residents of Plas Newydd to run.
Castle Green Partnerships intend to further increase affordable homes in partnership with Housing Associations and become an integral and significant part of the business over the coming years. The delivery of much-needed affordable housing in North Wales and the North West of England will not only enable Castle Green to maintain existing high quality jobs but also create new job opportunities in the areas of operation.