Grŵp Cynefin celebrates investment of over £10m in affordable rural homes in just three years Monday 23 January 2017

North Wales’ main provider of new affordable homes in rural communities today celebrated having invested over £10m in new rural homes since April 2014.

Grŵp Cynefin celebrates investment of over £10m in affordable rural homes in just three years

A total of 108 high-quality, affordable homes in rural communities have been built by Grŵp Cynefin since its formation.

To mark the milestone, Grŵp Cynefin representatives joined partners at its latest development at Tŷ Croes, a rural community on Anglesey.

A total of 12 new properties were built at Stâd y Felin, Tŷ Croes, following work by Rural Housing Enablers, which identified a need for more homes there.

The charitable housing association, which was formed in April 2014, has now spent a total of over £4m on 37 rural new homes on Anglesey.

Rural Housing Enablers work to identify rural communities that are short of housing and find innovative ways to fund construction of new developments.

Grŵp Cynefin’s Trystan Evans said: “At Tŷ Croes, once the Rural Housing Enabler identified the need for new homes in the area, we worked with Anglesey County Council to identify suitable land.

“The authority gifted the land, which made a big contribution to the financial viability of the scheme.

“Working in innovative ways and identifying alternative funding models is essential if Grŵp Cynefin is to ensure people are able to stay in the rural communities in which they were raised, and ensure those areas remain vibrant communities.

Shan Lloyd Williams, Head of Housing Services, Anglesey County Council said: “The need was identified in this rural community through the work of the Rural Housing Enabler officer, for the development of affordable housing and this led to the Housing Services to work in partnership with Grwp Cynefin and the Welsh Government to take forward the development.”

She added: “The Council is committed to working with rural communities to help sustain key businesses and services and one way we can do this is to offer sustainable housing solutions to those with a housing need. We wish all the households who have moved into the new estate all the best in their new homes for the future.”

Grŵp Cynefin Trystan Evans added: “We’re proud that we have been able to invest over £10m so far to build 108 homes in north Wales and help these communities.”

The milestone was marked by Grŵp Cynefin as part of Rural Housing Week, which runs from 23 January.

As part of the week, Grŵp Cynefin will also launch the newly-completed show home on its development, Stâd Cornwall in Mynytho. Local people and prospective tenants will be able to tour the property on Friday 27 January.

Grŵp Cynefin is currently exploring the possibility of developing new affordable housing schemes in: Penygroes, Waunfawr, Rhoshirwaun and Llanuwchllyn in Gwynedd plus a scheme in Rhewl, Denbighshire.

The group operates from its main locations in Llangefni, Penygroes, Denbigh and Bala, and employs the equivalent of 181 full time posts. It administers the affordable housing register for all six local authorities in North Wales.

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