Company unveils plans for 450 new Pembrokeshire homes

Milford Mercury: BUILDING RELATIONS: Pembrokeshire County Councillor David Simpson Huw Llewellyn managing director of Persimmon Homes West Wales and Pembrokeshire County Councillor David Pugh. (2872487) BUILDING RELATIONS: Pembrokeshire County Councillor David Simpson Huw Llewellyn managing director of Persimmon Homes West Wales and Pembrokeshire County Councillor David Pugh. (2872487)

WALES' largest house builder is to create 450 homes across Pembrokeshire, it was announced this week.

Persimmon Homes, is planning 450 new homes with the potential to create over 1,300 jobs over the next five years.

Persimmon Homes made the announcement as the company marked the start of works in Lamphey on 39 homes comprising two bedroom bungalows and two, three and four bedroom houses.

Construction is also set to start on a further 68 at Hermitage Farm near Haverfordwest early next year following planning consent last week and at Bush Hill near Pembroke once planning consent is granted.

Managing Director of Persimmon Homes West Wales, Huw Llewellyn, said: “We have found that the Local Authorities in west Wales have reacted more positively to the economic realities facing housebuilders and are taking positive steps to help make developments viable through more realistic planning requirements to help generate economic development, as well as new homes.

“Persimmon Homes is the first of the major PLC housebuilders to develop homes this far west in Wales. And with family roots in Carmarthen, I’m proud to be part of a company that is keen to invest in the local community and support the local supply chain.”

According to Pembrokeshire County Council’s Local Development Plan, there is a significant lack of housing in the region and this latest announcement will provide around 90 affordable houses with the remainder available on the Welsh Government’s Help to Buy Wales scheme, helping first time buyers and families looking to upgrade to a bigger family home to do so.

Between now and 2021, Pembrokeshire County Council has made provision for 7,300 properties in the Local Development Plan, enabling the delivery of 5,700 homes, and Persimmon Homes is set to deliver 8% of this over the course of the next five years.

Cllr David Pugh, Board Member of the Swansea Bay City Region and Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism and Communities, said: “Following the launch of the Swansea Bay City Region earlier this year, economic regeneration is very much the driving force behind council activity as we strive to create jobs and sustainable economic growth.

"The announcement that Wales’ largest housebuilder is committed to investing in Pembrokeshire is a major step forward for the region and one that will present numerous opportunities for growth and regeneration and we hope to maximise the benefits of the developments for local people and businesses.”

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