For the first time in twenty years, a new development of social housing has been completed in Gower.
Based in Scurlage, the development consists of 14 two and three bedroomed houses, all made to the highest spec and with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. They were built by Neath based Hale Construction on behalf of Swansea based charity, Family Housing Association.
With the beaches of Oxwich, Port Eynon and Rhossili nearby, the homes are in an enviable area of the peninsula.
They also have the latest in energy saving credentials, with solar panels on each roof and insulation within the timber frames. Apart from being environmentally sound, this will help combat the cost of rising energy bills.
The new houses are strictly only available to people who are already living or working in the area to ensure that they help benefit the local community.
Karen Dusgate, Chief Executive of Family Housing Association, said:
“We are immensely proud to be involved with this development. Creating strong communities where people can live active and fulfilling lives is at the core of our principles and I am delighted with the new development and the benefits it will have for the people who live there.”
The project was completed in partnership with the City and County of Swansea and received both private and Welsh Government funding.
“We are grateful to Welsh Government for their role in this development, as a Social Housing Grant and innovative Bond Finance from them has made up over half of the funding.”
The Scurlage site, which took 40 weeks to complete, is the first time that Hale Construction has built on the Gower. Working in the area was a positive experience for Site Manager, Matthew Hall, who said:
“Turning up at work with those views everyday was fantastic and really spurred us on. The finish on the site is exactly what we planned for – it’s a project I’m proud to have worked on”.
While Chairman of the company, Jonathan Hale, added:
“We have worked with Family Housing Association for twenty years. It’s a very significant relationship to me – creating social housing that people love living in is just as important to Hale as creating luxury developments.”
Karen Dusgate, added:
“It is always a pleasure to work with Hale providing much-needed homes for the people of Swansea and contributing to the local economy by appointing a local firm.”
This is a new chapter in the background of Scurlage, a village which once housed an American Army camp – its coastal location was seen to closely resemble the beaches of Normandy, making it ideal for troops to practice landings.
Hale Construction is part of a wider Hale Group which includes private housing developer Hale Homes and Seven Oaks Timberframe.