Planning Inspectorate Gives Green Light To Pontypridd Veterans Home
Today we are celebrating following the announcement that our Wales Homes for Veterans has been given the green light in Pontypridd. Our appplication for a change of use to a property in Lanpark Road, Pontypridd has been accepted. Geoffrey Willis is the Campaign Director for the charity and said;
“We are thankful to the Planning Inspectorate for giving this home their approval. Their decision today gives us the green light to proceed with our plans of opening a home for our Armed Forces Veterans in Pontypridd.”
Pontypridd and Rhondda Cynon Taf have a proud history of supporting the Armed Forces Community. In 2012 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council launched its Armed Forces Community Covenant - a signed statement of mutual support and respect between Rhondda Cynon Taf’s communities and the servicemen and women - serving and retired - and their families who are based in the locality. Both the Royal Welsh and Welsh Guard Regiments have in recent years been granted The Freedom of the County Borough, the highest civic honour that can be bestowed.
We hope that Wales Homes for Veterans will become another link in this special bond, and give those who have served in our Armed Forces and since fallen on hard times, a home and the support they need to get back on their feet again.
“The new home will be a warm and welcoming place where Veterans can benefit from living with others who understand life in the Armed Forces, and where we can give them our professional support to help them build the skills they need to go on to successful lives within the community,” said Rachel McCartney, Wales Homes for Veterans Project Manager.
At Alabaré we have over 23 years experience in supported housing, each year helping over 3,000 people to have a home and the opportunity of a fulfilling life. In 2009, working closely with other Forces charities, we developed a dedicated programme of accommodation and support for Armed Forces Veterans who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Since then we have successfully helped over 260 people to restart their lives again.
In December 2013, the MOD granted Alabaré nearly £1million in order to expand and enable Veterans in Wales to benefit from our homes in their communities. Wales Homes for Veterans will make it possible for 72 Veterans at any one time to have a home in the heart of their local community.