At its meeting on 25 February 2020, the Cabinet approved the proposal regarding the future of a former care home in Penparcau, Aberystwyth.

Given the continued need for affordable housing in the County, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet agreed with the recommendation to liaise with Registered Social Landlords in the hope that a purchase can be agreed within 3 months. If this cannot be achieved, the land will be sold on the open market without identifying any preferred uses.

The site was initially placed on the market after the provision of residential care and all other services at Bodlondeb were discontinued on 31 March 2018. Priority was given to buyers intending on using the site as either an Elderly Mentally Infirm Nursing Home, a Nursing Home with Residential Care for Dementia, or Accommodation for Young people in need of Social Housing. Although interest was shown in the property, the prospective buyer couldn’t go ahead with the sale, and the other application received didn’t meet the preferred uses.

Councillor Rhodri Evans is the Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration. He said, “It was disappointing not to achieve a sale for one of the initial preferred uses. It is now timely to consider other options to enhance the appeal to other prospective buyers. I hope the discussion between Officers and Registered Social Landlords will be positive. We look forward to this building having a new lease of life. This in turn will support the Council’s corporate priorities of Enabling Individual and Family Resilience as well as Boosting the Economy.”

Money from the sale of Bodlondeb will be ring-fenced for investment in the capital programme for Council-run residential homes.