The Welsh Government has been urged to allow Gwynedd Council to speed up a review of its planning blueprint amid concerns over the housing crisis engulfing parts of the region. Adopted in 2017 as a requirement for all local authorities, Anglesey and Gwynedd’s Joint Local Development Plan (JLDP) forms the backbone of both councils’ planning policies and earmarks where up to 8,000 new homes should be built. When drawn up four years ago the plan assumed that the area would need to house thousands of workers to help build and eventually work at the proposed Wylfa Newydd development in northern Anglesey, impacting communities not only on the island but also northern Gwynedd. But following the apparent demise of the nuclear build and an unprecedented skyrocketing in house prices – partially prompted by an ever rising number of properties being snapped up as second homes – calls have been made for an urgent review of the “outdated” and “not fit for purpose” plan to meet locals’ current needs.
Nation Cymru 28th June 2021 read more »