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On Tuesday, 18th April Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales Lesley Griffiths paid a visit to the latest phase of the 63 home development in Ruthin.

MS Lesley Griffiths visited ClwydAlyn’s Glasdir development to take a look around the newest low carbon homes.

First started in 2021, the Glasdir scheme includes a mixture of one, two, three and four bedroom homes, varying from bungalows, apartments, semi-detached and detached homes as well as adapted bungalows.

Seen as one of ClwydAlyn’s most innovative developments yet as part of its low carbon build programme, built in partnership with Welsh Government, Denbighshire County Council and Williams Homes (Bala), a total of 25 homes were recently completed with tenants happily moved in.

The final stage of works at the site, phase three, is currently under construction and is due to complete in Summer 2023.

Clare Budden, Chief Executive of ClwydAlyn said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome MS Lesley Griffiths to visit these new homes at Glasdir.

“It is really positive to see the site transform into a space which now offers much needed eco-friendly homes for the people of Denbighshire.

“This was achieved through our successful collaboration with Welsh Government, Denbighshire County Council and Williams Homes (Bala). We all shared a vision of greener developments utilising innovative technology to reduce the production of Co2 during construction and in the use of the home; and in building homes which are very thermally efficient; reducing the costs in use for our residents. (A critical priority during the cost of living crisis).”

“It was wonderful to see ClwydAlyn with its partners adopt new and innovative methods to create low carbon homes.

“This project is a great example of how the housing and building sector is evolving, with everyone here today contributing to our green ambitions.”
MS Lesley Griffiths

The development has been led by ClwydAlyn, with the new homes providing excellent health and comfort conditions whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling by using low carbon technologies. This includes state of the art timber frames and wood fibre insulation to create homes that have improved air tightness and thermal performance, solar photovoltaic panels linked to a battery storage system that converts thermal energy into electricity. Air source heat pumps have been installed as a sustainable heating system, absorbing heat from outside and transferring that to the inside of the homes, keeping residents warm and comfortable and the bitumen in the roadway has been replaced with a new product made from single use plastic bottles by a local firm in Ruthin.

Clare Budden added:

“Working with a variety of contractors across North Wales, we have adopted low carbon construction as our new ‘normal’. This scheme will play a significant role in helping us reduce the carbon footprint of our homes further and is pivotal in ClwydAlyn’s Environmental and Sustainability vision, where our goal is to address climate change challenges.

“We are delighted with what has been achieved at the Glasdir site for ClwydAlyn and our partners. Not only does it form a part in our house building programme, where we aim to deliver a further 1500 new homes in North Wales by 2025; it has also provided us with the knowledge and skillset needed to enable us to further pursue our green ambitions and continue to build houses that are fit for the future.”