Powys residents celebrate first extra care scheme


Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Leader of Powys County Council, officially opened Llys Glan yr Afon, Powys’s first extra care scheme, by cutting a ribbon and burying a time capsule along with residents and members of the local community.

Powys County Council Leader Cllr Rosemarie Harris cuts the ribbon during the official opening with WWH Chair Sharon Lee and Chief Executive Anne Hinchey

The state-of-the art £7.5m development in Newtown, part funded by a £4m Social Housing Grant from the Welsh Government, has been developed by Wales & West Housing in partnership with Powys County Council. Wales & West Housing funded the remainder with £3.5m. 

Anwyl Construction were contracted to provide 48 energy efficient apartments for affordable rent, bringing the total of Wales & West Housing affordable homes in Powys to more than 1000.

The development is the third extra care scheme completed by Wales & West Housing, and follows award-winning  Llys Jasmine in Flintshire and Nant y Mor extra care scheme in Denbighshire.

Guests enjoyed cakes made by Castell Catering, the catering arm of Wales & West Housing, who provide delicious nutritional meals for residents in The Orangery restaurant. Pupils from Ysgol Penygloddfa and Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd also sang at the ceremony.

Key features of the scheme include:

  • 24 hour on-site care and support provided by Castell Care and Support, owned and managed by Wales & West Housing
  • Orangery restaurant  providing hot meals for residents and a communal area in which to socialise
  • hairdressing and nail bar
  • laundry facilities
  • sheltered courtyard garden and usable garden space designed to encourage exercise and an active life style
  • call care system
  • BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ with high levels of insulation and air-tightness
  • Building plan arranged to maximise building use and to offer optimum flexibility for staff and residents
  • Passive ventilation and intelligent heating design
  • Landscaping by local social enterprise Cultivate
  • Environmentally conscious and locally sourced building materials

Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Powys County Council to bring extra care housing to the county and thank Cllr Rosemarie Harris for officially opening the scheme. It is wonderful to see how the residents have settled in. Wales & West Housing believes in making a difference to people’s lives, homes and communities and Newtown’s extra care scheme has offered an excellent option previously unavailable to the people of Powys.”

Cllr Rosemarie Harris said: “The aim of an extra care scheme is to offer residents of all ages the opportunity to remain independent in their home, but also feel assured that there is care and support throughout the year should they need it.
 “I am very impressed by the scheme. It is clear that Wales & West Housing have huge experience in offering a high standard of care and facilities. There is a growing demand for quality social care accommodation in the area, and I’m also pleased that the housing association has also forged good working relationships with many local organisations.”

Pictured are guests and VIPs filling up the time capsule with Chief Executive of WWH Anne Hinchey (right)

To find out more about living at Llys Glan yr Afon, please ring
0800 052 2526.