An extraordinary meeting of Gwynedd Council has been called regarding the second homes housing crisis and Welsh language fears. Backbench members have triggered a mechanism to call a full council meeting amid concerns over the existing Joint Local Development Plan (JLDP). The document proposes why and where up to 7,184 new homes should be built across Anglesey and Gwynedd over the period up to 2026. Cllr Gruffydd Williams, the unaffiliated member for Nefyn, believes there is a need to go further than the scheduled review and asked councillors to also consider 12 recommendations raised by Porthmadog academic, Dr Simon Brooks, in a recent report on second homes and their impact on Welsh speaking communities. He said: “When you take into account Brexit, Covid-19 and Wylfa Newydd, so many things have changed since the plan was adopted, house prices are shooting up and the plight of Welsh speaking communities looking more perilous than ever. While Wylfa Newydd had been earmarked for a site near Cemaes in northern Anglesey, Gwynedd Council had also made arrangements for increased demand on housing in the Arfon area. Anti-Nuclear group PAWB has long argued that both the JLDP and the North Wales Growth Plan were drawn up on the assumption that Wylfa B “would happen and that it would be a good thing.” And when it was set up earlier this year, the two member Propel group on Gwynedd Council also set its stall in strong opposition to the JLDP, citing the impact on house prices and subsequently Welsh speaking communities. But a report by the planning portfolio holder, Cllr Gareth Griffith, states that it’s a statutory requirement to start reviewing the JLDP from 31 July. In a joint statement last year, Anglesey and Gwynedd councils added: “The evidence base collated on an annual basis will need to be taken into account when monitoring the plan, along with any other contextual change of relevance, such as the situation with Wylfa Newydd.” The extraordinary meeting will be held next Monday, 28 June.
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