Thursday
Jan022014

Meeting 6th January: Exemplar affordable housing for Presteigne? Why Not?

In autumn 2013 we learned that the Mid Wales Housing Association, with funding from the Welsh Government, was proposing to build 28 affordable homes on the edge of our home town of Presteigne.   We were keen that the residents of Presteigne would properly benefit from the build and talked with the Presteigne and Norton Town Council, Mid Wales Housing and others about working together for a build that aimed for exemplar affordable sustainable housing and focused on:

1.     Energy Performance: Super insulation, ventilation, minimal cold bridging, precision construction and rigorous testing

2.     Good Foundations:  Solar orientation of buildings for passive heating and solar thermal panels; including plumbing suitable for solar thermal.

3.     Local resourcing and fabrication of materials:  Important for Presteigne/Radnorshire in terms of economy and growth and jobs.  Important for Wales as Exemplar Best Value Sustainable Construction solutions.

Following a very positive response from the Town Council and from Aidan Ackerman of Mid Wales Housing, who visited the New Welsh House Project’s new build in November, we will be holding a meeting at The Workhouse, Presteigne on Monday, 6th January 2014, starting at 10.00am.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and plan a clear set of proposals for exemplar affordable sustainable housing at the Knighton Road, Presteigne site in preparation for our next meeting with Mid Wales Housing.

Briefings will be run by Jonathan Hines of Archihaus and Dr. Simon Tucker of Cardiff University (previously Head of Environmental Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology)

A discussion will follow and a report will be produced from the proceedings.

Thank You

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