We’re not a lobby organisation but we do like to meet ministers when the opportunity arises. The purpose of the meeting at the Royal Welsh Show was to describe the compelling case to support the Welsh timber construction industry as well as the timber supply chain in delivering the Welsh Government target of 20,000 new affordable homes within the current term of the Assembly (to May 2021).
Gary Newman (CEO WKW) chaired the meeting and kicked off with the vision for Welsh timber industries. Andrew Carpenter presented the case for how STA members and the Welsh Timber Frame Industry stands ready to deliver the 20,000 homes target. Andrew also presented the findings of a specially commissioned report – Welsh Timber Frame – Capacity and Capability. Simon Inkson described the Powys Wood Encouragement Policy and the plan to deliver council and RSL houses from timber and local solutions. Jasper Meade of PYC Construction described the need for ambitious regulation changes to ensure that new houses are sustainable and truly low energy. Cllr Jonathan Wilkinson reinforced the need to support tree growing in the farming sector to ensure that benefits flow to the rural communities. A case that was reinforced by Gareth Davies who described Coed Cymru’s plans to further develop the opportunity for on farm woodland expansion.