Successful Planning Permission to tackle homelessness in Bangor

Date: 11/12/2020

Adra, Gwynedd Council and North Wales Housing are working together to redevelop an empty site, 137 Bangor High St, to be 12 flats with support to tackle homelessness in Bangor, Gwynedd. Adra is leading on the development, while the building will then be managed in partnership by Gwynedd Council and North Wales Housing.

Planning permission has been granted and work will start early next year, 2021.

Adra is proud to be working with Gwynedd Council’s Housing and Properties team to develop a building which will then provide accommodation and will be a suitable home to help and contribute towards tackling homelessness in Gwynedd by working with North Wales Housing and Gwynedd Council.

Sarah Schofield, Customers and Communities Director at Adra said:

“We are so glad that this development has had planning permission, I can’t wait to see people moving into their new homes when the development is completed.

“There has been almost 40% increase in homelessness in Gwynedd over the last 5 years, and with Universal Credit cases increasing and people losing jobs as a result of the pandemic as well, there is a need for accommodation and service like this more than ever.

“We are really proud to be working with Gwynedd Council and North Wales Housing and proud that we’re taking steps to solve this matter and to help vulnerable people who is in housing need in Bangor, Gwynedd.”

Councilor Craig ab Iago, Cabinet Member for Housing in Gwynedd Council, said:

“Having a roof over your head is something most of us take for granted. But unfortunately, social circumstances mean that this human right is something that’s out of some local people’s reach. This is unfair and we’re determined to make sure that the people of Gwynedd has access to appropriate housing.

“This project will offer an important first step for people towards independence and a long term home by building independent lives. It’s also good to see that new life will be given to a building that’s been empty for a long period of time, here in Bangor.”

Brett Sadler, Operations Director at North Wales Housing said:

“We welcome the good news that planning permission has been given for this development. We’r proud that we, by working with Gwynedd Council and Adra, will support homelessness in Bangor, and add to the work our Outreach and Resettlement Team already do in the area.

“We also understand that providing a home alone is not enough, we will also be offering direct support by our informative and committed staff, to enable the tenants to successfully live independently.”

All partners are committed to complete this project and we will be working with specialist services and voluntary organizations that work in the Bangor area.