adding zero carbon homes to the community
at Rhydyfro, Pontardawe
Introducing our new homes.
A place where community and nature work together.
Building better homes for future generations and our world.
It’s less house, more home.
We’re Sero Homes. We build true zero carbon homes to help battle the climate emergency, and we’re working to transform the scrubland at the top of Waunsterw into 35 new sustainable homes to help meet the demand in your area, which we’re calling “Parc Hadau”.
Parc Hadau – the story so far
At Sero, we genuinely want to deliver better homes and are committed to working with our neighbours, as the experts in the local area and community, to help us do this.
We held our first public exhibition in July 2019 on our initial ideas, followed by a second public engagement on our draft planning documents in October, including an event at Rhydyfro Primary School. We particularly enjoyed our interactive session with the Year 6 pupils sharing ideas about developing zero carbon homes and designing homes fit for future generations.
Overall, it has been great to have such a positive response to our proposals, and we have tried to take on board ideas from the community to improve our plans. For example, we have now allocated space for community food growing and have provided two larger 4-bedroom homes suitable for larger families.
You can find out more about the engagement activity undertaken and responses received by viewing the Pre Application Consultation Report.
The planning application was approved by members of Neath Port Talbot Council’s Planning Committee on December 17th.
In addition, due to the innovative nature of Parc Hadau, in September 2020 we received the really great news that we have successfully secured some funding under the Welsh Government’s Innovation Housing Programme fund. This helps to support the increased costs associated with all the zero carbon and ecological features we propose.
Throughout September our ecology specialists have carried out daily visits to Parc Hadau, moving around 160 reptiles out of the development area. This has included a large number of common lizards and a few slow worms, as well as a good number of amphibians including common toads, common frogs and palmate newts. However, we will continue to keep a close eye on this over coming weeks to make sure all the reptiles on site have been safely re-homed.
We are making good progress in getting the site ready to start building the new homes at Parc Hadau, but due to ongoing Covid disruption, we now anticipate that groundworks will begin slightly later than anticipated, in Spring 2021.
We will keep the initial groundworks phase short (around four to five months), by doing it all in one go to reduce inconvenience and mess for local residents. This will ensure the area gets back to being fairly clean as quickly as possible. This will enable the quieter and less muddy phase, of actually building the new homes, to begin in Summer 2021.
You can read our latest Neighbour Update newsletter here.
Once the scheme is complete, there should be plenty of opportunity to wildlife to thrive alongside the homes we’ve built. All our homes will be professionally managed by Sero Homes to provide hassle-free living with long term tenancies and index linked rents to keep them at a fair price. Get in touch if you are interested in being a resident at Parc Hadau.
Parc Hadau is a Sero Homes project – we’re a Welsh start-up business, and we want to re-think housing by building sustainable, innovative, high-quality homes that are friendly to the environment. Through innovative design and master-planning, we intend to create exceptional places that are fit for the future. You can find out more about us by visiting: www.serohomes.com
Get in touch
If you have any questions about the project or public exhibition and consultation, then please get in touch:
Call: 01792 961213
Write to: Freepost GRASSHOPPER CONSULT