Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) Housing Association have started work on a new development at Trem Elidir in Bangor, to provide eight flats with parking spaces.

The former shop and building has now been demolished to make way for the new development of a new two-storey building providing 4 x 1 bedroom flats suitable for 2 people and 4 x 2 bedroom flats suitable for 3 people. All of the units will be affordable and let on social rent terms.

According to the plans, the ground floor flats are accessible and suitable for older people, people with disabilities and wheelchair users, and had parking spaces as part of the plan.

The closure of the former shop had been a loss for the community, but had proved difficult to let and had been empty for over 6 years. The building had become dilapidated over the past few years, attracting a lot of offenders and fly-tipping.

CCG have said there is a high demand for 1 and 2 bedroom flats in Bangor. Following the changes to welfare reform, and in particular to bedroom tax, more 1 and 2 bedroom units are required as some tenants are now struggling with under occupation of the dwellings.

Demand for one and two bedroom units across Bangor wards is very high, with over 800 on the waiting list for a one bedroom unit and over 1000 for 2 bedroom units.

The current stock profile of CCG shows that they do not have many one and two bedroom units for families and individuals in Glyder ward and Bangor in particular. Relocating tenants who are under occupying will possibly release 3-bedroom social rented houses in the city.

Prospective tenants would be selected from the waiting list administrated by Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team which was a register based on a points system and awarded additional points for individuals with local connections.