WORK has begun on a £3.5 million project in Barry’s Brecon Court to increase the Vale council’s housing stock.

Developers, Jehu Group are constructing 28 new purpose-built homes to meet local demand.

Built on the former sheltered accommodation site, the scheme will consist of nine two-bedroom houses, four three-bedroom family houses and 15 one-bedroom apartments reserved for older people.

Part funded by the Welsh Government, all of the new properties will be constructed to their standards for social housing, providing accommodation for those in the community that need it most.

Vale council leader, Cllr John Thomas said: “This development is part of wider council plans to increase its housing stock and satisfy much-needed local demand for accommodation of this type.

“The proposals for the site were drafted after widespread consultation with interested local parties and should be of real benefit to the community.

“The range of different properties being constructed can provide comfortable places to live for families, couples and older residents.

“It also sees a previously disused site revived to provide an important function within the area.”

Jehu managing director, Marc Jehu said: “We’re really pleased to be the contractor for the development at Brecon Court in Barry.

“This scheme is one of the first developments that will kick start the council’s wider regeneration plans, we’re thrilled to be part of this and carry out the work on behalf of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.”