Magistrates court transformation continues


Published Tuesday 21 January 2014


Work to transform the former Magistrates Court in Barry into 52 affordable homes is continuing apace and Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt and Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member, Bronwen Brooks, recently visited the site to view the development.


Visit to the site of the former magistrates court in BarryLocal AM and Finance Minister Ms Hutt made the visit early in January with Councillor Brooks, who is Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Services and Community Safety, to see the progress being made on the affordable housing development on the site of the former Barry Magistrates Court. This new scheme which is due for completion in early 2015 is being developed by Newydd Housing Association in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and will provide fifty -two much needed new affordable homes for rent as well as some retail units. 


Councillor Brooks said: “This site is in a key town centre location on Thompson Street and will greatly contribute to the on-going regeneration of Barry. The fifty-two homes will not only be affordable but will also be built to Sustainable Homes Code 3+, which will mean that they will be energy efficient leading to lower fuel bills for the new tenants.”


The homes will be built by contractors the Jehu Group, who are providing four apprenticeships and one supervisory post to local people on the building site. The scheme is being financed by over £3million of grant funding from the Welsh Government in addition to private finance.


Jane Hutt said "This impressive housing development will provide much needed affordable housing here in Barry."


Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd Housing commented "We were pleased to invite the Finance Minister and Cllr Brooks to our exciting new housing development in Barry. At our development of the former Barry Magistrates Court, and all our developments across South Wales, we show our commitment to tackling deprivation and economic inactivity by ensuring our contractors offer recruitment and provide training to local people on our site. Working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and contractors on this project means that we are able to support the community of Barry to ensure residents are able to live in a sustainable community."


Marc Jehu, Managing Director of Jehu, said: "Jehu are very excited to be working on such an important project with Newydd Housing Association, and providing much needed quality affordable housing in Barry. As a company we embrace every opportunity to create new training and employment opportunities for local people, this project will enable us to showcase our experience by creating four apprentice opportunities that will run for the duration of build.”