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£1bn resi framework planned for Wales

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The Welsh Procurement Alliance is consulting on a £1bn framework for residential construction across North and Mid-Wales.

About 20 contracting authorities are involved in the procurement group’s consultation for a potential development pipeline of 5,000 houses.

The framework is set to involve nine lots and will include the delivery of new-build housing, sheltered accommodation, care homes, sports and recreational facilities, health centres and libraries.

Associated commercial facilities, such as car parks and retail developments, are also part of the framework.

Welsh Procurement Alliance director Neil Barker said that although the framework was still at consultation stage, the group was planning to have the framework in place by April 2020.

Mr Barker said: “We have identified quite a good pipeline, and lots of housing associations and developers are keen to crack on, so we are eager to deliver their ambitions.

“There is already a similar framework in place in South Wales, so it’s important to bring this to the North.”

Eight of the lots will be across North and Mid-Wales counties, including Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Ceredigion, North Powys and South Powys.

An additional ‘all counties’ lot will cover the delivery of developments varying in size from five units to more than 50.

Contracting bodies involved include Anglesey Council, North East Wales Homes, North Wales Homes and Wrexham County Borough Council.

The nine contracting authorities so far announced (see list below) have stated that their combined development target would be 2,420 homes.

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