WREXHAM Council has completed the building of our first development of council houses since 1991.

After a 30 year hiatus, the authority was able to start building with funding from the Housing Revenue Account and Affordable Housing Grant from Welsh Government.

The Leader: Images of the Nant Silyn project (WCBC)

14 properties have been built on the site of the former Nant Silyn Care home in Smithfield.

The build consists of 8 x1 bed apartments, 4×2 bed houses, 1x 2 bed fully adapted bungalow and 1×1 bed older person’s bungalow.

The Leader: Images of the Nant Silyn project (WCBC)

The properties have already been allocated to tenants, many have already moved in.

The homes are modern and up to date with Fibre broadband available for connection by tenants and the new build houses and bungalows also have solar panels and battery storage to support lower energy costs.

The Leader: Images of the Nant Silyn project (WCBC)

A two bedroom fully adapted bungalow has been fitted to specific tenants needs and will provide a level access shower room and a rise and fall kitchen.

This 14 home Smithfield Ward development is just the start of our building projects.

Work has already begun on more council houses at Plas Madoc with more to come in Johnstown, Rhos and Llay.

Planning permission is in place that includes 6 x 1 bedroom apartments in Johnstown and 4 x 1 bedroom apartments to the rear of Tir y Capel in Llay. Work is also underway at Llys Y Mynydd in Rhos.

The Leader: Images of the Nant Silyn project (WCBC)

These builds will form part of the authority's Sheltered Refurbishment and Re-modelling project.

Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Housing said: “I’m more than pleased with the quality. This is setting the standard for everything else. Wrexham has stepped up to the challenge, and the people who have benefitted are the people in the community.”

Leader of Wrexham Council, Cllr Mark Pritchard said: “As leader of Wrexham Council I’m delighted to see the Clos Nant Silyn development kick off our home building programme alongside our continuous commitment to refurbish our older housing stock. Earlier this year the Council’s Executive Board met and approved the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan that will see Wrexham Council investing £58.9 million into the Council housing stock of over 11,000 properties throughout the 2021-22 financial year.”

Cllr David Bithell Lead Member of Health and Adult Social Care said: “It’s fantastic to see this project come to fruition. This is just part of our ongoing commitment is to provide homes that are well managed, decent and warm, with modern facilities, and which provide lifetime homes for our tenants.”

Resident Miss J who is moving into a fully adapted bungalow, specially designed for her needs “It’s incredible, I’ve watched it being built from day one, everyone has been so good with me, I have been included from the start, so I know it’s going to cater for my physical needs. This is life changing for me, I have a 4 year old son and it means that I can be more independent with him, I cannot wait.”

Resident Miss G, who is downsizing said – “I cannot wait to move into my new property, I have been rattling around my 3 bedroom house of years and paying bedroom tax. I’m so excited, it’s going to make a huge difference for me.”

Smithfield County Cllr Adrienne Jeorrett, said: “I am really amazed by the quality, I am so delighted. Everybody has the right to a good home. The whole thing is brilliant, and happening now here, excellent!”