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Planning Approved for 10 New Affordable Homes in Anglesey

Housing needs in Anglesey, Rural Housing Enabler, affordable housing need

Llangoed, Anglesey is a small rural village bordering on an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where house prices are high and there is limited availability of housing.  The land is owned by Anglesey County Council and is the first affordable housing development on the Island without Social Housing Grant, using land as a subsidy.

The Anglesey Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) undertook a housing need survey in Llangoed in 2009 in collaboration with the Community Council as they were concerned about the lack of affordable housing for local people.   The survey confirmed that there was a local housing need and the focus then turned to land in the village owned by the County Council.

As there was no Social Housing Grant available, Anglesey County Council working with North Wales Housing Association (NWHA) provided the land at zero cost on a 999 year lease to develop 10 new affordable homes.  It was a lengthy process with involvement from the Property, Legal and Finance Departments and the final approval by the Council Members.   This is the first time that this model has been used and if successful, the Authority will consider other possible sites in its ownership

The site is good but not without its problems including a transformer and 11KV electricity cables crossing the site.  These will have to be moved before the development can begin and NWHA has already liaised with the power company to begin the process.  A Guide hut close to the site access also raised concerns though did not directly affect the development.  The RHE met with representatives of the Guides to discuss the project and offer alternative options, but they declined preferring to stay even though it may cause some disruption while the building work is undertaken.  The RHE will remain in contact with the Guides, to ensure that they are kept informed and that any concerns or issues raised can be brought to the attention of the housing association. 

The Rural Housing Enabler has maintained contact with the Community Council throughout the process and provided regular updates for them.   Two open evenings with NWHA have been held to date with 16 local people showing an interest in the homes.  Further publicity and  information will be provided in the community as the development progresses.    The site is close to the village school and the headmaster has also indicated that he would be happy to involve the children in learning from the building process.

Tenure will be at intermediate rent or to buy at a percentage below the market value with the terms and occupation clauses secured through a legal covenant.   There will be a local lettings policy with priority given to households with a local connection to Llangoed.  Applicants are asked to register on Tai Teg, which is the affordable housing register for Anglesey and Gwynedd (www.taiteg.org.uk)  

This is an exciting new development of affordable housing using a new financing model for Anglesey which if successful can be replicated on other Council owned sites in the future. 

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