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New homes to help 20 local families

The harbour at Abersoch (picture: Martyn Croydon)
The area has a high proportion of second homes

A £3m scheme to help 20 local families stay in their community has begun at Abersoch in Gwynedd.

It will include a mix of new build homes for local people to rent and buy in an area which has become a popular holiday hotspot.

The plan was developed by Gwynedd Council, North Wales Housing Association and Trinity Welsh Homes.

North Wales Housing Association said the scheme was needed because house prices are beyond the reach of many.

Councillor Trefor Edwards, the housing portfolio leader on Gwynedd council, said the shortage of affordable homes for local people was "one of the biggest problems facing our young people".

'Huge pressure'

"We have recognised that there has been a significant lack of suitable affordable homes in the Abersoch area, with the average house price beyond the reach of many," he added.

Helen White, the chair of the North Wales Housing Association, added the popularity of the village had put "huge pressure on the local housing market".

"It's been impossible to do anything to satisfy the demand for affordable homes from local people - until now," she added.

Mrs White said it had been made possible because of the partnership between the housing association, Gwynedd council, Trinity Homes and the landowner.

The development in Abersoch is one of a number of affordable housing projects underway on the Lleyn.

In Morfa Nefyn, Cymdeithas Tai Eryri is building 14 affordable homes, with a further 12 homes being built in Botwnnog.

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