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Former retail units for conversion in Rhyl town centre


construction starting later this year. One site will provide accessible apartments which will address a specific need we have identified from our single housing register and the other will be a mix of family homes and general needs apartments.”


In the neighbouring resort of Rhyl, the property market had been rather different with large amounts of vacant space above shops in the town centre and poor quality flats which had previously been used as holiday accommodation. Describing the approach in Rhyl, the Council’s Housing Development Manager Mark Dixon says, “We’ve adopted a different response to securing properties for residential development in Rhyl and tailored our programme to complement the regeneration of the resort’s waterfront and town centre by mainly purchasing existing properties for renovation and this has enabled us to access extra funding from Welsh Government through its new Targeted Regeneration Investment Programme to support our schemes. In fact, the first homes which we’ve delivered through our development programme were actually key worker apartments which meet the Council’s space standard in a building which was previously in


use as a House in Multiple Occupation. We’ve also just acquired some former retail units in the town centre for conversion and a terrace of nine bedroomed Victorian properties which we’ll be reducing in size to provide four bedroomed family homes.”


Activity is not just confined to the coastal strip with a development of family homes built to the Passivhaus standard in the market town of Denbigh which are being part funded by Welsh Government through the Innovative Housing Programme, and the potential for developments in other parts of the county is currently being explored.


Summarising the Council’s achievements Mark Dixon added, “The Council has put the development of new homes right at the top of its agenda and we’ve come from a standing start to pull together a viable programme of new developments which will not only provide new homes but will also address the Council’s other priorities to minimise carbon emissions, and regenerate Rhyl seafront and town centre. The key to all of this has been the ability to use the borrowing capacity in the Housing Revenue Account to deliver these improvements.”


Passivhaus houses in Denbigh


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2020


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