On Thursday 3rd July, the Minister of Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant visited two of NPT Homes’ new development projects. During the visit the Minister viewed agreed plans and designs, received an update on the progress of each project and saw in detail how NPT Homes is continuing to enhance the communities in which it operates.
The first visit was to Gwent House in Sandfields East where, after carrying out extensive consultation with residents, final designs and plans on how to enhance the area as part of NPT Homes’ ‘Big Idea Project’ were presented to the Minister on his visit.
The second visit was to the site of Old Furnace House in Melin Neath where NPT Homes and its newly appointed contractor, Morganstone, are building 11, two bedroom houses and 4, one bedroom flats after being granted its first Welsh Government Social Housing Grant funding of just under £1m towards the cost of the project.
The £1.7m project is expected to be completed in spring 2015.
Ian Morgan, Managing Director at Morganstone added:
“We are extremely pleased to be awarded this contract at the Old Furnace Site and are delighted to be working with NPT Homes as part of this area’s regeneration.”
The Minister of Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant said:
“I’m delighted to see NPT Homes, like so many housing providers in Wales, engaging with local people to provide homes and services which are of maximum benefit to the local community.
It’s particularly pleasing to note the number of much needed affordable one and two bedroom homes provided through projects such as this one at Old Furnace House. These homes will further provide for the community and help alleviate some of the pressures faced, particularly as a result of the UK Government’s ‘bedroom tax'”
NPT Homes’ Director of Assets, Steve Tucker, said:
“Within the three years NPT Homes has been in operation, we have made considerable progress in achieving the promises we set out prior to transfer. A lot of these promises were around maintaining and enhancing the communities in which our tenants live and gladly shared this with the Minister on his recent visit.”