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Welsh Government plans innovative ‘model’ housing development

21 Aug 2023 3 minute read
Nelson Ty Du homes artist impression Credit Powell Dobson

Nicholas Thomas, local democracy reporter

The Welsh Government wants to build an “innovative” residential development in Nelson to serve as a “model” for environmentally-friendly house-building.

A planned 169 homes on the Ty Du site will “maximise affordable housing” and promote zero-carbon, energy efficient development.

An application lodged with Caerphilly County Borough Council includes a community woodland park and “meaningful connections” to nearby facilities.

Architects at Powell Dobson, in a planning statement, said their designs for Ty Du “will aim to ensure the homes are fit for modern day standards, with the ability to keep up with change”.

“Consideration will be given to the flexibility of spaces, ensuring families have comfortable spaces to both live and work, especially in a post-Covid world,” the architects added.

Plans show a mixture of roads, with some homes in terraces and “tree-lined avenues”, and others in private drives.

Terraced homes will have off-street parking “to reduce [the] impact of cars”, and the development – if planning permission is granted – will be reached by a new access road from the A472 Mafon Road.

Nearly 60% of the proposal (99 homes) will be classed as affordable homes, with the remainder sold on the market.

Ty Du will be a mixture of one bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses; as well as accommodation for older people.

With building materials including slate and timber, the development’s colour scheme will be red, grey and brown, in a “palette that complements the wider area”.


Sustainability will be a priority, planning documents show. Electric vehicle charging points will be fitted, and homes will be energy efficient.

A planning statement by Asbri Planning, in support of the development, notes Ty Du is “within a residential, sustainable and accessible location” and close to local services.

The majority of the mostly greenfield site is owned by the Welsh Government and has been set aside for employment use in Caerphilly council’s own development plan, but the area was previously the subject of a successful application for planning permission for homes in 2017.

Asbri said the development would “result in positive social impacts through the provision of additional housing in the county” and “create positive economic impacts during the construction period, providing local employment opportunities and benefits to the local supply chain”.

If approved, the Ty Du site will be developed by Harmoni Homes, a subsidiary of Caerphilly-based United Welsh.

The application can be viewed on the Caerphilly County Borough Council website under reference 23/0508/FULL.

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Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
10 months ago

Passivhaus – or near zeroenergy houses have been built since the 1990s, so 30 years have been lost and all houses should have been built to this standard. Buyers have been conned by awful building standards.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
10 months ago

A fu asesiad o’r angen yn lleol, ai ynteu hyrwyddo gwladychu ein tiroedd treftadol a wna’r datblygiad hwn ar sail ‘amcanestyniadau poblogaeth’ y profwyd eu bod yn ffaeledig?

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
10 months ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

Pwynt dilys!

10 months ago

This shower couldn’t plan their way out of a paper bag

Allen Jackson
Allen Jackson
10 months ago

More in South Wales as that’s where remaining votes are.

10 months ago
Reply to  Allen Jackson

If you live in some other part of our country you should give your councillors a dig in the ribs. It may be that profit motivated developers don’t like the patch but that should not stop councils taking initiatives to prompt new builds that meet local needs. They might even attract grant moneys if the new homes use an array of new materials and technology to insulate, reduce energy bills and ease maintenance in general.

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