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Four out of five will get no council home

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Council homes waiting list

4 out of 5 will not get a Council home

Of all the thousands of people registering to rent a Council House in Powys, only 20% will get a council house; the other 80% will need to look for alternatives.

Independent Rural Housing Enablers are working with rural communities to find out what the local housing need is. If there is a local need, the enabler will assist the community to look for solutions. This can be homes to rent, buy or self build.

The enablers have evidenced housing need in many villages. "It might be young people moving out from their parents, elderly in need of a more suitable home or people wanting to return to the area where they have been brought up," says Henk Jan Kuipers, enabler for Montgomeryshire. At the moment enablers are carrying out housing needs surveys in the Llanfechain and Llangammarch Wells area and preparing one for Forden, Leighton and Trelystan Community Council.

The results of those surveys will be discussed with local councillors and then a decision is made to look for suitable land to provide homes for local people or bring empty buildings back into good use. In Llangynog for example a public consultation has proved support to look into four potential sites. The land owners have been approached by the Rural Housing Enabler and Powys Council Planning Services will feed back on any potential restraints.

Susie Abson, enabler for Radnorshire and North Brecknockshire: "Our role is to get people involved to discuss solutions that suit their own community. I have been able to work with local communities to bring empty property back into use some of which have been empty for a long time." She continues: "In general there is widespread support to develop on a small scale, if it is for local people. Five to ten, two or three bed homes can make a huge difference for a community".

Groups of people or communities who would like to discuss their specific housing issues or landowners who would like to confidentially discuss possible development are also invited to contact Henk Jan Kuipers (Montgomeryshire), 01938 551308 / rhenorthpowys@gmx.co.uk or Susie Abson (Radnorshire, North Brecknockshire) 07825 145453 / rhemidpowys@googlemail.com.

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