HOPE has been given to potential homeowners and tenants after a housing development was unexpectedly halted.

Housing association Grŵp Cynefin’s plans for 10 homes in Rhewl came to an abrupt stop when its contractor, W D Stant Ltd went into liquidation with more than £600,000 owed to employees and suppliers.

The semi-detached properties planned for Lôn yr Eglwys Estate included two, three and four-bedroom homes, of which four were available via Tai Teg, the affordable housing register partnered with Denbighshire County Council. The council lauded Grŵp Cynefin for the affordable housing provision which it said would contribute to its 2017-22 target for an extra 260 affordable homes in the county.

It is now believed a new contractor has been lined up to continue the development.

Dylan Roberts, regeneration services director of Grŵp Cynefin, said: “Grŵp Cynefin is working pro-actively to re-assign a contractor to finish the housing development at Lôn yr Eglwys, Rhewl, Denbighshire following the sad news that the contractor appointed to develop the site has gone into liquidation.

“Our priority is to enable the building work to continue, as the development nears its completion.

“Grŵp Cynefin is liaising with prospective tenants and homeowners in relation to the development.”

It is understood that Williams Homes in Bala is among the firms being put forward.

Merfyn Parry, county councillor for Rhewl, said he is confident that while there are “a lot of complications” involved in taking over an ongoing development, families waiting to move into the homes will not face significant delay.

“It is very sad that the previous contractor has gone into administration, however I’m glad that a local firm is going to take over,” he said.

“However there are guarantees to be confirmed before a final decision is made.”