Gwynedd Council supports scheme that will deliver affordable homes in Aberdyfi

Date: 08/05/2018

Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet has agreed to sell a former school site in Aberdyfi to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) in order to build 11 affordable homes.

Having considered the matter, Cabinet members decided that there were clear social benefits to disposing of the property for less than market value. The development in Aberdyfi will see 100% of the homes on the site being affordable and will deliver the first social housing development in Aberdyfi since 2007.

The development, which compliments the Council’s objectives of increasing the affordable housing provision in the county will include a mixture of affordable flats, bungalows and houses to rent.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Deputy Leader said: “Ensuring that there are affordable homes, which include social homes, available here in Gwynedd is a priority for us as a Council. As part of this commitment, we are eager to work with partners including housing associations to deliver schemes in areas where there is high demand.

“We’re delighted to be able to work together with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd on this scheme in Aberdyfi – an area where house prioces are very high. The opportunity has arisen for the Council to help to ensure that any homes thatw ill be developed on this specific site are affordavble for local people and it is also pleasing that the development will include a mixture of homes on the site.

“By being willing to lower the price for the site, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd are able to develop 11 affordable homes – something that simply wouldn’t have been possible if the Council had demanded selling for the highest price.  We look forward to working in partnership on this exciting scheme that will deliver homes for local people to rent.”

Ffrancon Williams, CCG Chief Executive noted: “We are very pleased that the Council is eager to work with us and are willing to consider selling sites at a discount to allow us to provide affordable housing in areas where the demand is high. As a social landlord,  satisfying the needs for homes is a priority for us.

“We have an exciting and ambitious development plan in place and we are aiming to build 500 homes over the next five years. The support of Gwynedd Council and elected members is key to delivering these aims.”

Following the Council Cabinet’s decision to support the intention, the Council’s Senior Property Manager will use powers to sell the former Ysgol Aberdyfi site directly to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd for less than market value to ensure the provision of social, economic and environmental benefits.