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New study shows Mumbles in Swansea is Britain’s top coastal price hotspot

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A new study from the UK’s biggest property website Rightmove has revealed that the scenic Welsh town of Mumbles is Britain’s top coastal price hotspot.

The quaint seaside town, nestled on the coast of Swansea Bay, has seen average asking prices rise by 47% since 2015, which is a bigger five-year increase than any coastal area in Britain.

Local agents report that the new seafront development Oyster Wharf, which boasts a variety of restaurants, coupled with outstanding beaches, has contributed to the rising prices.

The average asking price of a home in Mumbles is currently £344,832, which is £110,537 more expensive than five years ago.

This also means that asking prices in the Welsh town are over £22,000 more expensive than the national average of £322,025 and almost £130,000 more expensive than the Welsh average.

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Mumbles (Image: Swansea Council)

Next up on the list of coastal price hotspots is Camber in East Sussex, and Fowey in Cornwall, which have both seen average asking prices rise by 45% over the past five years.

Places in Wales and the south of England dominate the top ten, with Sandilands in Lincolnshire the only coastal location representing a more northerly region.

Rightmove’s data analysts also found that Sandbanks in Poole – one of the most exclusive enclaves in the country – remains the most expensive coastal location in Britain, with average asking prices of almost £1.2 million.

Furthermore, Seaford in East Sussex has emerged as the coastal town that’s seen the biggest spike in interest over the past 12 months.

Buyer searches for the south coast town have more than doubled (+104%) since this time last year.

Teignmouth in Devon (+99%) and Shoreham-by-Sea (+96%) are two other coastal areas that have seen a sharp rise in popularity.

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Rightmove’s Director of Property Data Tim Bannister said: “Relocating to a coastal area is a dream move for many home-hunters and it’s safe to say that lockdown has intensified that desire to live beside the sea for many people.

“Properties in seaside towns usually come at a premium, but what’s fascinating about this list of coastal price hotspots is that there’s a relatively wide range of price points. Mumbles has always been a popular destination among British holidaymakers and therefore it stands to reason that home-hunters would seek it out for their year-round fix of sand and sea.”

Agent’s views

Ben Davies, managing director at Belvoir Estate Agents in Mumbles, said: “As a former Victorian fishing village, Mumbles has definitely got its own identity. It’s a destination in its own right and we’ve always seen huge demand to live here.

“Mumbles is perched on the coast of Swansea Bay, just down the shoreline from Wales’ second city, so we’ve got easy access to all the amenities that a city has to offer without being a part of it.

“Our coastlines are spectacular as well, that’s a major draw for people, and Mumbles is the gateway to Gower, the first area in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beaches are just walking distance away and the vibe of the town is really special.

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“Mumbles has seen lots of development in recent years, too. Oyster Wharf is a shining new development which has created a Mediterranean style plaza fronting onto the seafront. However, the town has still retained its charm and you’ll find lots of seafront restaurants and independent boutiques, bars and delis down here.

“What also goes in Mumbles’ favour is that you can get a lot more bang for your buck here, despite the rising prices, than in places like Cornwall and Devon. It’s popular for people who work in London part of the week, as there’s a direct train link from Swansea to Paddington.

“This year especially, we’ve seen a marked increase in purchases from buyers in London and Bristol. Now that people can work remotely, I think they’d rather have sea views whilst they work that blocks of concrete.”

Top ten coastal areas with the biggest five-year increase in average asking prices:

PlaceAreaAvg asking price Oct 2020Avg asking price Oct 2015Five-year % change
MumblesSwansea£344,832£234,29547%
CamberEast Sussex£305,891£210,89545%
FoweyCornwall£487,531£337,42345%
SandilandsLincolnshire£268,527£187,69743%
St. Margarets-at-CliffeKent£362,982£255,09142%
AberavonPort Talbot£136,710£96,27642%
St. AgnesCornwall£442,383£315,83640%
GreatstoneKent£338,839£242,62240%
MundesleyNorfolk£286,254£205,06040%
BenllechAnglesey£289,390£207,33540%

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New £1.1m council house development completed in Amman Valley

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A NEW £1.1million council housing development has been built in the Amman Valley as part of Carmarthenshire Council’s plan to deliver more affordable homes.

The eight two-bed semi-detached houses in Maespiode in Llandybie are the first to be delivered under the county council’s £150million new build programme.

The homes have modern kitchens and bathrooms, exceptionally high levels of insulation and are fitted with solar panels that will generate electricity and help provide lower energy bills for tenants.

A tree has also been planted in every garden to off-set carbon emissions, part of the council’s commitment to become net zero carbon by 2030.

The houses are available to applicants on the housing register and were delivered on behalf of the council by local building contractors TRJ Ltd.

Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “Providing more affordable homes is a key priority for the council and I am delighted to see this new development – the first of many – has been completed in Llandybie for the benefit of local residents on the housing register.

“We are committed to delivering more than 900 new builds by 2029 which will be the biggest increase in council housing stock in Carmarthenshire since the 1970s.

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“As well as providing much needed homes in the county, the investment will also boost the local economy creating jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships in the construction industry.”

New council houses are also under construction in Dylan, Llanelli; Glanmor Terrace, Burry Port; Garreglwyd, Pembrey and Gwynfryn in Ammanford and are due for completion in the next 12 to 18 months.

Council Leader Emlyn Dole said: “We are proud to lead the way in Carmarthenshire and are committed to delivering an ambitious affordable housing programme to build much-needed high-quality homes for local people, create more jobs, stimulate economic growth and help wider-scale regeneration in our communities.

“This is even now more critical as we recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Lead image: Cabinet Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans, Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole and Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans. (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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New pathway will link city centre with arena

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Visitors to Swansea city centre may have recently noticed a new gold-coloured pathway taking shape in the area of the former St David’s Shopping Centre.

Forming part of the £135m Copr Bay phase one district, the pathway will lead from close to the New Look store down to the new bridge over Oystermouth Road that connects the city centre with the Swansea Arena and coastal park development.

Currently under construction, the gold-coloured pathway will pass through a new temporary area being introduced at the former St David’s Shopping Centre site to introduce more vibrancy there, pending its longer-term regeneration.

A temporary pop-up park is also soon being put in place there, along with temporary units for local food and drink start-up businesses. 

Swansea Council is developing the Copr Bay district, which is being advised by development managers RivingtonHark. Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd is leading on the district’s construction.

The new pathway under construction between St Mary’s Church and the new arena (Image: Swansea Council)

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “The new gold-coloured pathway being constructed will give local residents and visitors to Swansea a clear link between the city centre and our emerging £135m Copr Bay phase one district, benefitting businesses and facilities in both areas.

“It’s being deliberately set in a gold colouring to match not just the new bridge over Oystermouth Road, but the stunning panels around Swansea Arena too.

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“It’s part of a plan to develop better connections than ever before between the city centre and our seafront, which will soon make even more progress when early proposals for both the Swansea Central North and Civic Centre sites gather more pace.  

“We now have an award-winning preferred development partner on board – Urban Splash – to lead a £750m regeneration of those sites and others, but a temporary scheme will also be introduced at the former St David’s Shopping Centre site in the meantime.

“As well a new temporary pop-up park and new temporary units for local start-up food and drink businesses, play facilities for children are also planned there, along with events to generate even more vibrancy pending the site’s major long-term regeneration.”

Also forming part of a temporary plan for the surrounding area is the demolition of the Llys Dewi Sant building and the St David’s multi-storey car park.

Demolition materials will be re-used as part of a new temporary surface on site. New car parking is soon being introduced nearby as part of the Copr Bay phase one district.

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New lighting will also be introduced on site, along with information to show how the area will look in future.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Contract awarded for ‘largest UK energy retrofit of its kind’ at 650 housing association properties in Penderi

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As rising energy prices make headlines in the UK, an energy retrofit scheme hailed as the largest ever of its kind in the UK has taken a step closer to realisation following the appointment of Everwarm as lead contractor on the project.

The company will oversee the installation of state-of-the art renewable energy generation, energy storage and smart energy management technology in almost 650 homes in the Swansea community of Penderi.

It is anticipated that the community will generate as much as 60 per cent of their total electricity requirements, protecting against the impact of future energy price increases, improving resident comfort and well-being, as well as reducing carbon emissions by as much 350 tonnes per year.

The homes are owned and managed by Pobl Group, Wales’ largest provider of affordable housing, who have partnered with renewable energy tech and service supplier, Sero.

The innovative scheme is supported by £3.5m EU funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government, and is seen as a stepping-stone to a wider investment into the Penderi area that will have a positive impact across the entire community.

Scott Paton, Operations Director, Everwarm said: “Here at Everwarm, we’re delighted to have such a driving role in the Penderi energy initiative. It’s a programme that’ll empower the Penderi community and give residents a greater control over their energy efficiency and household costs. We’re looking forward to working alongside Pobl, Sero and local residents to drive forward energy efficiency and develop the opportunities within your community. Together we can make a brighter future for Penderi.”

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Everwarm are one the UK’s leading energy services and regeneration companies offering all forms of renewables solutions, insulation, heating, and regeneration services. Part of the Sureserve Group offering additions compliance services throughout the UK from 23 offices, the company has delivered over 300,000 energy services measures since 2010.

Solitaire Pritchard, Director of Regeneration, Pobl Group said: “More than ever, rising fuel prices is a very real issue, along with climate change, and we must be innovative in how we tackle this crisis. We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Everwarm as lead contractor on the Penderi energy project and are looking forward to them commencing work on a scheme that will tackle the challenge head on, transforming our homes in the community, making them more environmentally and financially sustainable for the future.”

James Williams, co-founder and CEO of Sero said: “As a result of the energy crisis and in the lead up to COP26, the spotlight is now firmly focused on the role our homes need to play in helping tackle the climate emergency. The Penderi scheme will demonstrate how we can significantly improve existing homes, at a community scale, to improve comfort and well-being, protect against future energy price hikes, whilst also reducing carbon to work towards hitting net zero.   The project will also demonstrate new methods of socialisation of renewable energy benefits across the community, ensuring that all residents benefit from the distributed community generation.”

Everwarm will utilise local skills for the project wherever possible and, in particular, are looking to recruit Solar PV and battery storage installers. Anyone interested in learning more about the project should contact enquiries@everwarmgroup.com or to apply to work as part of the team email recruitment@everwarmgroup.com.

Homes in Penderi (Image: Google Maps)

ABOUT THE PENDERI ENERGY PROJECT

Homes in Penderi are be fitted with individual or communal batteries that will harness power generated via linked solar panels, fitted to most homes in the community, so that renewable energy is generated and can be stored for subsequent use by the community.  The project will address inequality in energy generation from different roof and therefore solar panel design and orientations, by ensuring that all residents benefit from the energy generated by the community regardless of individual location.

Homes will also have new smart technology and intelligent energy controls, managed through Sero’s digital app, to deliver energy bill savings for residents while also balancing demand from the grid so that stored energy is used at the most expensive times.

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The Penderi community will also benefit from large scale infrastructure upgrades, due to Western Power Distribution using this project as its national pilot to trial the positive effects on local grid infrastructure of renewable energy supplies and storage that are intelligently managed through trusted systems installed in people’s homes.

(Lead image: Pobl)

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