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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 April, 2004, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Corrugated house finally sells
The corrugated house in Aberdaron
The house has views of Mynydd Anelog and the Irish Sea
A corrugated iron house in a popular north Wales holiday area has been bought privately after failing to sell at auction.

The detached, three bedroomed home in Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula was given a 90,000 price tag when it went up for auction last Thursday.

The highest bid received at the Deganwy auction was 75,000.

Estate agents Beresford Adams Countrywide confirmed the timber-framed house had since been sold.

Jonathan Williams, from Beresford Adams Countrywide, said he was unable to say how much the house was sold for or who had bought it because of client confidentiality.

Last year, a dilapidated beach hut in the fashionable Lleyn resort of Abersoch was sold for 39,500 to an English buyer.

In a recent internet poll the peninsula was named the fourth most popular UK holiday destination.

The 50 Connect survey, aimed at the over-50s, revealed the Lleyn Peninsula received more than 10% of votes as the most popular break.

Last week the Welsh language pressure group Cymuned condemned the original 90,000 price being asked for the house.

Spokesman Aran Jones said: "The absurd over-pricing of the corrugated house for sale in Aberdaron highlights a new and worrying trend in the housing market.

'Exploitation'

"No one local would pay such a price for such a low quality house, even if they had the money, so the estate agents are trying to sell this to non-local people who will be charmed by the scenery and not realise how comprehensively they are being ripped off.

"English counties such as Shropshire and Devon are prepared to defend their local residents against this kind of exploitation."

Recently, Welsh local authorities were urged to follow the lead of South Shropshire council which is building housing in rural areas for local people only.

The council told BBC Wales' current affairs programme Taro Naw that its scheme is legal and within planning guidelines.

Independent planning consultant, Henry Roberts, Gwynedd council's former chief planning officer, said: "I think they've taken a very important step forward - showing the way to a lot of authorities in Wales."

Auctioneers said the house was situated in an area, "noted for its beautiful scenery with coastal walks along the rugged coastline and the famous Whistling Sands beach approximately one mile away."




SEE ALSO:
Beach hut sells for 39,500
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Calls for 'locals only' housing
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New survey boost for tourism
19 Jan 04  |  Wales
'Solution' to housing crisis
30 Sep 03  |  North West Wales
House prices 'exodus' warning
03 Oct 03  |  Wales


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