What is Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP)?
Flintshire County Council is committed to meeting the needs of the local community for affordable housing across the county. Working with their development partner Wates Residential, the council has started a new initiative to build new homes through SHARP. The SHARP will deliver 500 new homes across Flintshire by 2021 of which 300 will be affordable rent (owned and managed by North East Wales Homes Ltd) and 200 social rent (managed by Flintshire County Council). The projected cost of the investment will be £50m over 5 years. As part of the project, Flintshire County Council and Wates Residential have made a joint commitment to create extensive opportunities for local training and employment. It is estimated that over 2,000 people will be employed throughout the SHARP and an estimated 20 apprenticeship positions will be created.
Where are the homes being built?
The programme has started with the building of 12 new council homes at the former Custom House Lane School in Connah’s Quay. A development of 92 new homes is also underway at the Walks site in Flint. Approval has been given for the building of new council homes at two other locations in Connah’s Quay, two locations in Leeswood and one site in Mold. These latest developments not only create new housing but also regenerate disused space and buildings that are no longer required. Notification of further developments will be published in due course.
• Custom House Court, Connah’s Quay
This is a development of 12 new 2 and 3 bedroom council homes. It is a small cul de sac on the site of the former Custom House Lane School. This is the first build of new council homes in Flintshire since the Right to Buy Scheme was introduced over 25 years ago. The properties have been built to a high specification with modern kitchens and bathrooms. In order to keep running costs to a minimum energy saving standards have been incorporated such as modern windows and insulation materials.
• The Walks, Flint
The Walks, Flint which is currently under construction and will deliver 92 new homes for local people. There will be a mix of 2 and 3 bed houses and 1 and 2 bed apartments (see architect’s drawing attached) of which some of the apartments will be adapted. The tenure will be mixed with 62 of the homes for intermediate rent, owned and managed by NEW Homes, and 30 will be Council homes for social rent.
Completion of this site will create a new community in the heart of Flint and turn what were once tired maisonettes into a modern housing development. The scheme changes on a daily basis.
Plans of the site are available here
To be considered for one of the Council properties, you must qualify for social housing and an application must be made to Flintshire’s Housing Solutions team on telephone 01352 703777. A local lettings policy will be prepared which gives preference to those living or having a connection in the immediate community.
If you do not qualify for Council housing then 62 properties are available at an affordable rent (lower than market rent). An application can be made on line via the following link www.northeastwaleshomes.gov.uk
or telephone 01352 701400. Again in the first instance properties will be let to people with a local connection to the area however this is widened depending on demand for the homes.
The properties will be built to a high specification with modern kitchens and bathrooms. In order to keep running costs to a minimum energy saving standards will be incorporated, such as modern windows and insulation materials.
Further sites are currently under consideration in Leeswood, Connah’s Quay and Mold and will provide a further 40 new Council homes (social rent).
Learning and Employment Opportunities through SHARP
The development partners, Wates Residential are keen to employ as many local people as possible on the construction sites working with local sub-contractors. They are also committed to offering learning and apprentice opportunities. Anyone interested in seeking employment can contact The Wates Residential Project Manager on 07795 520727 on or call in at the site office at the Walks in Flint.