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Welsh Government pledges £18m for Bridgend healthcare and housing project

The Welsh Government has pledged £18 million of funding towards a healthcare and housing development in Bridgend that will include mental health services and affordable homes.

The government announced the funding package on Saturday, October 10, which will go towards the construction of an integrated health and wellbeing development called the Sunnyside Wellness Village.

Minister for mental health, wellbeing and the Welsh language, Eluned Morgan said: “The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

“The new health and wellbeing village in Bridgend will provide a major boost to community care and wellbeing by accommodating a wide range of health and wellbeing resources, including support for frail and older people, vulnerable young people and people with learning difficulties.

“This should avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital or residential care and delays when someone is due to be discharged from care.”



Artist impression of the Sunnyside Wellness Village main avenue showing the west terrace, bungalows and northern terrace at the top of the street

The development will consist of 59 homes and a new £10.7m healthcare centre, located on the site of the old Sunnyside council offices and magistrates court in Bridgend.

It will provide new GP services replacing Ashfield Surgery and Newcastle Surgery as well as a pharmacy and specialist dentist unit. It will also replace the Quarella Road Clinic which provides sexual health services and the Bryntirion Clinic which provides podiatry and orthotic services.

The new homes will comprise of a mix of two, three, and four bedroom properties, including six homes for people with physical and learning disabilities.



The overall site layout for the first phase of the Sunnyside Wellness Village

The development is a collaboration between the Welsh Government, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) and Linc Cymru Housing Association. Construction will be completed on the site by WRW Contractors.

BCBC approved plans for the development in March 2019 despite multiple objections from locals, including a petition that attracted around 500 signatures.



The Sunnyside redevelopment site in Bridgend

A spokesperson for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said the development is designed to bring “care in community settings closer to people’s homes” through “a single state of the art facility”.

They added: “The development will result in a sustainable and future proofed facility providing a range of services in a single location for all local residents.”

Construction of the development is due to begin in March 2021 and be completed during the summer of 2022.

As well as £18m from the Welsh Government, the project will also be funded by £10.7m from the NHS Wales Capital Programme, £6.6m from the Social Housing Grant and the Housing Finance Grant, £480,000 from the Integrated Care Fund capital programme and £315,000 Transforming Towns’ Green Infrastructure Funding, alongside private finance.

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