We are delighted to announce that DPP’s Cardiff office has been appointed as planning consultants on ambitious plans for a new neighbourhood in Pontardawe, South Wales, which seeks to deliver 35 carbon-neutral houses. As well as DPP, Wales-based, zero-carbon housebuilder, Sero Homes, has appointed an award-winning team, which includes Stirling prize-nominated architects, Loyn & Co and landscape architects, Farrer Huxley.
The Cardiff team is currently managing a series of pre-application public consultations, which showcase how ‘Parc Hadau’, currently a scrubland site, will use low energy building design, as well as a mix of renewable energy, storage and intelligent, automated management systems to reduce the amount of energy being used, with any unused electricity being fed back into the grid.
Speaking about the scheme, Sero Homes MD, James Williams said;
The Welsh Government has recently announced a climate emergency, and the UK government has announced a zero-carbon target for 2050. We are delivering the answers to these huge challenges right now, at Parc Hadau, and we’re doing this in a way that makes these homes affordable to far more people. Our aim is to establish a new ‘normal’ for housing – by showing that we can do things differently to deliver high quality, modern, zero-carbon homes that are fit for future generations.
Parc Hadau has also recently been allocated £2.4m in funding from the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme fund, aimed at supporting new ways of designing and delivering housing, to increase supply, meet carbon reduction targets, tackle fuel poverty and address demographic change.
Reacting to DPP’s involvement in the project, Osian Roberts, Principal Planner at DPP said;
We are delighted to be appointed on this ground-breaking project. It seeks to address many of the challenges that the residential sector in Wales currently faces, in a way not seen before, combining different tenure, sustainability credentials and high-quality design. We look forward to submitting the plans in October.