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Minister visits home-grown Welsh affordable housing solution

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Conwy Dolwyddelan ty unnos coed cymru

Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Huw Lewis paid a visit to North Wales on Thursday to see for himself a modular housing system that uses sustainable Welsh timber and offers a solution to affordable homes.

Two pairs of affordable, three bedroomed, semi-detached homes were built at Glan y Gors, Dolwyddelan in 2010 for Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd, working in partnership with the local community, Forestry Commission Wales, the Rural Housing Enabler, Conwy County Borough Council and Welsh woodland charity, Coed Cymru.

The 1.5 acre Glan y Gors site lies within the Snowdonia National Park and provides important affordable housing for local people in this part of rural Wales. The timber framed family homes were built using the Tŷ Unnos Modular system, developed by Elements Europe in Oswestry. These ‘modules’ were constructed in the company’s factory and transported to the building site where they were assembled over two days. 

Rural Housing Enabler Mair Jones said: "It became obvious that a need existed for affordable housing in the area after a Housing Need Survey was completed. The support and participation of the community was vital, and the provision of these four houses has helped to keep local people in their community." 

Housing Minister Mr Lewis said: “It’s great to witness how this exciting housing scheme is using new construction methods to make good use of Welsh timber. This innovative partnership is not only for providing a roof over people’s heads but also setting a great example to others in sustainable building practices.” 

David Jenkins, director of Coed Cymru based in Tregynon, near Newtown, said: “Tŷ Unnos was conceived around an engineering formula, which is easy to use and to teach. The benefits of using timber are significant in the move to a low carbon society. It promotes the sustainable management and use of our forest resource, while providing much needed affordable housing units, training and employment opportunities.” 

Alwyn Llwyd, Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd’s Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to be part of this Tŷ Unnos Modular innovative building method, especially as the Sitkaspruce timber used on the project was grown, processed and developed here in Wales. Building affordable homes for rural communities is an important aspect of our housing association work. We do need to emphasise that without the support of the local community and our partner agencies the Glan y Gors project would not have seen the light of day.”