Proposals for first Tŷ Gwynedd development at Coed Mawr, Bangor
Plans for the first houses built by Gwynedd Council for over 30 years have been unveiled for a site in the Coed Mawr area of Bangor.
As part of the Council's Tŷ Gwynedd scheme, plans have been developed to build homes for local people on the former Coed Mawr school site in Bangor. The Council is beginning statutory consultation on the plans to build six three-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom houses – the comments received will be fed into the final plans for the site.
Should planning permission be granted, the Council's Housing and Property Department hopes that these new houses in Bangor will be available for purchase / rent at the end of 2023.
Through the 'Tŷ Gwynedd' scheme, the Council intends to build new homes in communities across the county. The ambitious scheme will offer intermediate affordable homes to the many local people who are unable to buy or rent a house on the open market and who do not qualify for social housing.
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
"Every person has a fundamental right to have access to a good quality affordable home. Unfortunately, in the current situation, too many Gwynedd people are being priced out of being able to afford to rent a property or buy their own house.
"In order to tackle this injustice, Gwynedd Council has developed a Housing Action Plan for the county which includes more than 30 schemes that will provide 1,500 quality homes for the people of the county over the next five years. We will use funding that includes the council tax premium on second and empty homes to build new homes, buy and restore empty properties as well as offer grants to local people to access housing.
"This exciting development at Coed Mawr in Bangor is the first of our Tŷ Gwynedd schemes. The figures clearly show that there is a real need for this type of intermediate affordable housing in the area - and we are keen to hear the views of local people on the initial plans.
"The comments will help us as we finalise the proposals and submit a planning application later this year, and if approved, we hope the first houses will be ready in 2023. So if you're interested, make sure you look at the plans and share your views.
"This is the first of several Tŷ Gwynedd schemes to be introduced over the coming months as we develop housing that meets the needs of the people of the county.
“If you want to register an interest in the Tŷ Gwynedd plans, you can do so by visiting www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/CoedMawrHousing All the information submitted by people as they register an interest will help us plan where the need is and for what type of housing.”
For details of the proposed plans for the Tŷ Gwynedd development for the Coed Mawr site in Bangor, visit www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/taicoedmawr. Anyone who is interested is also welcome to come along to an information session where Council officers will be available to answer any questions about the plans at Capel Berea Newydd chapel, Bangor on Thursday, March 3 from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.
Gwynedd Council will be announcing further details of 'Tŷ Gwynedd' developments soon. If you are interested, visit www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/CoedMawrHousing to register an interest and this will allow you to make an application when the first homes become available. Information on affordable housing schemes across the county is also available on the website.
Artist’s impressions of the development
- The Gwynedd Housing Action Plan sets out Gwynedd Council's intention to invest in over 30 various projects that will improve access to homes for people in the county in the period up to 2026/27.
- One of these schemes is 'Tŷ Gwynedd' which will develop quality housing that is affordable for local people. The Council will achieve this by adhering to the following design principles:
- Affordable - offering houses to buy and rent at an affordable price. The Council will sell on the basis of a shared equity model; for example a resident will fund a percentage of the purchase through savings and a mortgage and the Council will lend the remaining percentage against the property. The Council will also rent houses offering a discount of around 20% on monthly rent;
- Adaptable - the ability to adapt the house is one of the main qualities of Tŷ Gwynedd. There is a dedicated space inside and outside the home that will be able to adapt to meet the needs of different individuals or families, and will provide the foundation to adapt as household needs change over time;
- Sustainable - developments will be sustainable in their design and construction and seek to maximise the use of sustainable materials as well as the local supply chain;
- Energy efficient - aims to use the latest techniques and technology to reduce carbon footprint and facilitate energy efficient use for residents;
- Healthy - creating an environment that promotes the health and well-being of communities and the habitat.
- At present, over 130 applications have been submitted through the Tai Teg website for three and two bedroom intermediate affordable homes to purchase and rent in the Bangor area. Plans for the Coed Mawr Tŷ Gwynedd scheme is responding to the local demand.