Original stone from former Port Talbot school to be used in new affordable homes
Linc Cymru, a housing association and care provider, has received planning consent from Neath Port Talbot Council to create 43 new homes, a mix of houses and apartments, at the former Dyffryn Lower School site.
The school closed in 2018 and the site has been unused since. Linc plan to use original stone and wooden flooring from the school buildings in the new houses and run a heritage project with residents to capture their memories of the school.
Simon Lewis, Senior Development Manager at Linc, said: “We’re delighted to receive planning consent for the former Dyffryn Lower School site.
“The development will contribute to Neath Port Talbot’s commitment to building 1,200 affordable homes by 2026. The types of homes within our plan are based on the housing need in Neath Port Talbot, this is informed by the number of people on the housing waiting list as well as their family and living situation.
“We remain committed to preserving the history and heritage of the site through our use of restored materials. Our heritage project will capture stories from the past and record the history of the building from the memories from those who either worked, lived, or attended the school or have stories of people that did. We also want to create a piece of art using the stonework and install it in the grounds.
“The local community will also benefit from the creation of jobs, training opportunities and new, high quality affordable homes.”
The number of trees on the site will increase thanks to a new open space for residents that is part of the design.
Alongside the Community Impact Initiative, Linc plans to develop a project where local people currently undertaking training or education in different building trades, can play their part in restoring and reusing original materials from the school. This project aims to increase skills, training, experience, whilst building confidence, self-esteem, and general wellbeing.
A contractor is expected to be appointment in autumn 2023.
This homes on the affordable housing development will be energy-efficient and have an EPC rating of A.
“To see a fly through of the development, view here”
To read the full article published by Wales Online about Linc Cymru proposed plans, please view below.