Demolition of former care home buildings in Porth now complete
Demolition work got underway in early September 2021, in order to remove the unused care home buildings located off Bronwydd Avenue. Linc received planning permission for the demolition during May 2021, and appointed Bond Demolition Ltd as the contractor responsible for delivering the scheme.
Extra Care delivers modern accommodation with 24-hour support for older people’s assessed needs, allowing them to live as independently as possible. In partnership with Linc, the Council will deliver 300 places across five new developments – on top of the existing Ty Heulog facility in Talbot Green.
With the Dan y Mynydd site being unused for some time, Cabinet agreed (in December 2020) for one of the new Extra Care schemes to be built on the care home site in Porth. Part of a strategy to modernise residential care options for older people, it would become the third new facility to be built so far, following Maesyffynnon (Aberaman) and Cwrt yr Orsaf (Pontypridd).
In August, Linc gave the community an opportunity to have their say on the initial plans, in order to inform a final planning application. Linc submitted that application in September, for 60 apartments and associated works including landscaping, sustainable drainage, access and parking. The Planning and Development Committee will consider this application at a future meeting.
Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Services, said: “With the demolition of the unused former Dan y Mynydd Care Home buildings now complete, the Council and Linc Cymru have reached the latest important milestone towards delivering a proposed new Extra Care scheme in Porth. The work undertaken in recent weeks has now unlocked the land for future redevelopment, and I’d like to thank the community for their cooperation during the site activity.
“We have seen the difference that Extra Care facilities make to their residents, offering opportunities for meaningful community engagement, while around the clock support can be relied upon for their assessed needs. Maesyffynnon in Aberaman has been an excellent addition to the community since it was built last summer, and I also recently had the pleasure of visiting some of the first residents moving into Cwrt yr Orsaf in Pontypridd, following its opening.
“The Council and its partner Linc will continue to work closely towards our joint goal to modernise our residential care provision for older people, including the next major development proposed for Porth. Linc has submitted the planning application for the proposal, which will formally be considered in due course.”
Richard Hallett, Development Manager for Linc, said: “The demolition of the former Dan y Mynydd Care Home is another significant step in our ambitious plan to provide 300 much-needed extra care places in RCT. Our thanks to residents in the Porth area for their patience while this work took place.
“As we continue to work alongside the Council to create high quality homes that promote independent living, we are encouraged by the success of Maesyffynnon in Aberaman, and Cwrt yr Orsaf in Pontypridd – two new extra care schemes where residents are now enjoying their homes.
“At Linc, our purpose is creating the right environment for people to flourish, and our proposed plans for the former Dan y Mynydd site reflects our commitment to providing great homes that meet the needs of people living in RCT.”