Great response to affordable housing in Bethesda

Over 50 people attended a virtual and live information event at Bethesda to confirm and register their housing need for new affordable homes.
Team at the new construction site in Bethesda

Over 50 people attended a virtual and live information event at Bethesda to confirm and register their housing need for new affordable homes on the site of a former railway station. 

Housing association Grŵp Cynefin is currently working in partnership with Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government on the construction of a £2.5m project to build a total of 17 new homes in Bethesda. The new name for the development is Llety’r Adar. 

The social let housing development is conveniently close to public transport, recreational fields and the Lon Las Ogwen cycle route includes 8 two-bedroom properties, 5 two-bedroom bungalows, 3 three-bedroom houses and 1 four-bedroom home. They will be let to a range of local people to meet the need locally for quality housing. 

“We had great information sessions at Bethesda Rugby Club, which is near the site of Bethesda’s former railway station, Llety’r Adar development,” explains Steffan Smith, Grŵp Cynefin’s Housing Team Leader. 

“Our sessions were full, with over 50 people attending both on site and on-line, to confirm their interest and to speak to Gwynedd’s Housing Options Team to ensure they were on the housing list register. 

“Our role as Grŵp Cynefin’s Housing Team is to hear people’s different circumstances, to share information regarding affordable homes that are available and to guide them in the right direction. We try and give people the best advice possible, so that they are in the strongest position to try and fulfil their personal housing needs. 

“I feel very fortunate to be working in a role that actually supports people. There is no better feeling than being able to house people, who have specific needs, and help them to find a quality and stable home in the right location, that you know, will change their lives for the better.”  

The homes are to be let on a social housing basis, with the development a partnership project between Grŵp Cynefin and Gwynedd Council, partially funded through a social housing grant from the Welsh Government. 

Innovation and Growth Director at Grŵp Cynefin, which owns and manages 4,800 properties across all six north Wales counties as well as northern Powys, Mel Evans said: “Providing affordable and accessible homes, particularly in rural communities, is at the core of our work and we are proud of our work here in Bethesda. 

“There is a real need for housing families and couples within this community, so this development will support those looking to remain living in the area who may have struggled to find affordable housing in the past. 

Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Ensuring quality homes that are affordable for the people of our communities is a priority for us at Gwynedd Council, and we are pleased to be able to work with partners on this development in Bethesda. 

“The development will offer 17 new homes in Dyffryn Ogwen – offering a range different sized housing to suit different needs. It is clear from the uptake of the recent sessions that there is great interest in these new homes and I look forward to seeing local residents moving in soon.” 

The homes, built to meet the Welsh Government lo carbon standards, ensures all properties built under the scheme meet modern methods of construction and sustainability. North Wales’ Gareth Morris Construction of Llangollen and his team are the appointed builders. 

Once a major meeting point in the town, Grŵp Cynefin are keen to honour as much of the site’s heritage as is possible. Bethesda’s former railway station, which shut in 1963, as well as the old Bethesda Athletic FC and Bethesda RFC clubhouses formerly sat on the site and have now been moved to other locations with re-investment. 

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