A development of 28 ‘affordable’ apartments, built as part of the regeneration of the former Alcan Novelis metal works in Rogerstone, near Newport, has proved a hit with local people with all homes having been let a matter of days after completion.

Mandrake House is owned and managed by Housing and Care provider Linc Cymru (Linc). It was completed in late November by Barratt Homes, as part of the wider Jubilee Park scheme.  The scheme’s developer, Walters Group, has partnered with a number of different house builders to deliver the regeneration of the 98-acre site, which has permission for up to 1,000 homes.

The planning permission for Jubilee Park determined that 10% of the homes on the development are to be made accessible to tenants and buyers who cannot afford market-priced housing. Mandrake House, which stands alongside the main entrance of Jubilee Park, represents the first phase of these affordable homes to be released and were backed by top-up funding via a grant from the Welsh Government.

Linc was appointed by the Walters Group to manage the entire allocation of affordable housing at Jubilee Park and has worked closely with  Barratt and Newport City Council to ensure the completion and allocation of apartments progressed smoothly. Tenancies for the eight one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom units were allocated via the Council’s joint register of applicants, designed to make it easier for people to access affordable housing by applying to one central register of properties offered by a number of different social landlords.

Rogerstone Councillor Chris Evans, who was the first City and Community Councillor to visit the completed development said ‘It’s great to have this new affordable accommodation in Rogerstone, and, to see neighbours moving into modern, comfortable homes, in time for Christmas, on my visit, I saw first-hand the difference these homes have made to people’s lives, I’d like to welcome our new neighbours to Rogerstone, Have a very Merry Christmas and welcome to our community’.

Nicola Smith, Executive Director of Linc Homes, said; “We are delighted to announce the completion and letting of the first phase of affordable housing at Jubilee Park. The tenants of Mandrake House were all very pleased with the location and standard of accommodation provided and are looking forward to settling in to their new community. The level of interest in the development was hugely encouraging and we look forward to working with our partners on the delivery of more affordable homes on the Rogerstone site next year.”

Vahe Zarifian, Director of Walters Land, added; “Walters is very pleased with the level of cooperation from Linc and Barratt in the smooth delivery of the first phase of affordable homes at its Jubilee Park project. The apartments at Mandrake House have been designed and constructed to a high standard and should provide excellent homes for the new tenants.”