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New council homes set to be built in Cardiff Bay; Cardiff council has said it will build 1,000 council homes in five years.

Byline: Ruth Mosalski

New council flats could be built in a Cardiff suburb if councillors this week give their backing to plans.

Fifty flats -- both one and two-bedroom -- would be built at the former Walters building off Clarence Road in Butetown if the council and Cadwyn Housing Association plans are approved.

If the council's cabinet agree to the scheme on Thursday, it would be down to the housing association to design, submit a planning application and detail the costs of the new homes.

Then the council would get the final sign-off if it meets a number of criteria.

The council say that package deals like this ensure that the developer or landowner meets the costs.

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It is part of a council commitment to build1,000 new council homes in five years.

It would be the second package deal between the council and Cadwyn Housing Association in recent months after plans to acquire 30 new-build flats on Courtenay Road in Splott were given the green light in October.

A report to cabinet reads: "The Butetown ward is identified as an area where there are high levels of housing need for both council and registered social landlord affordable rented properties.

"The apartments will provide much needed quality council homes in a city centre environment with all the benefits of good access to local amenities and public transport.

"Cadwyn Housing Association has an option on the site for residential development but do not have the capacity to deliver this site within their own stock. Therefore they have approached the council to determine if delivering the properties as a council rented scheme through a package deal is viable."

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Cabinet member Lynda Thorne said: "We're making really good progress in our aim to deliver 1,000 new council homes in the city over the next five years.

"Construction is well underway at a number of sites in our Cardiff Living programme that includes 600 new council-managed homes and through smaller schemes like these package deals, we are creeping up towards our target.

"This development will be close to the city centre with good access to local amenities and transport links in an area with high levels of social housing need."

Cabinet will discuss the new build scheme at its next meeting on Thursday.

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