Full steam ahead for Pont Aur redevelopment

Artist's impression of Pont Aur - Front view

March 2, 2021

Artist's impression of Pont Aur - Front view Ystradgynlais residents will have access to ExtraCare facilities after the planning application to develop facilities at Pont Aur was granted by the county council.

The development - a joint project by Powys County Council and the Pobl Group - will see the existing sheltered housing accommodation upgraded to include an ExtraCare facility, whilst continuing to also accommodate residents with some or no care needs. The scheme will also add 12 more homes for local older people in an extension to the existing building.

ExtraCare delivers modern purpose-built accommodation which has 24-hour care and support available on site to meet the needs and changing expectations of residents, allowing them to live as independently as possible in their own homes with their own front door. 24-hour care services are located on site, couples and friends can stay together and there is a mix of people with differing levels of need, including those who are living independently.

All ExtraCare apartments will have accessible bedrooms, sitting room, separate kitchen area and walk-in shower with the overall development having communal spaces, community alarms and access to technology enabled care.

The project is part of Powys Teaching Health Board and the council's Health and Care Strategy to develop greater older person's accommodation options in Powys and follows on from the council's review of adult accommodation need in the county in 2018.

Councillor Myfanwy Alexander is Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Social Care and she commented:

"Extra care housing provides dignity, security and independence for older people and reassurance for their families.  I'm delighted to see the Pont Aur scheme progressing: it will provide an excellent option for older people in Ystradgynlais.'

Pont Aur will be the second ExtraCare facility in Powys. Llys Glan yr Afon opened in 2017 in Newtown and has been successfully operating ever since, in a partnership with Wales and West Housing Association.

Adam Roberts, Head of Development - West at Pobl Group said:

"We are delighted to have received planning permission for this scheme and look forward to working in partnership with Powys Council to create more homes that meet the needs of Ystradgynlais. At Pobl, we are committed to creating genuinely great places to live that stand the test of time and enhance the local community, and we will continue to work with the existing residents of Pont Aur to ensure that they are engaged throughout the redevelopment."

The £5.5m project has benefitted from Welsh Government funding as well as financial input from the county council and Pobl Group. The new build part of the scheme is expected to be ready for residents to move into in 2023.

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