New rural housing enabler for Ceredigion
3:33pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A RURAL housing officer has been appointed to address the shortage of affordable accommodation in Ceredigion.
The county council says people are being forced out of the rural housing market in Ceredigion, as house prices rapidly outstrip incomes.
With the average property price in Ceredigion approaching £185,000, compared to the Welsh average of £159,800, being able to afford to a home in their local community is becoming more of a dream rather than reality for many people.
The ratio or house prices to income in the county is currently 7:1, higher than the regional ratio of 5.4:1.
Developing affordable housing is seen as a key contributor to long term community sustainability, but there is still an acute shortage of affordable housing in Ceredigion.
Ceredigion County Council has responded to this situation by appointing a new Rural Housing Enabler (RHE), to work with and on behalf of rural communities.
Sian Davies, new Rural Housing Enabler for Ceredigion, said: “My focus is on searching for development opportunities or empty properties to bring back into use so that we can boost the supply of affordable housing.
“I’m supported by the Welsh Government, Ceredigion County Council, Tai Ceredigion and Tai Cantref who are all committed to ensuring that people have access to affordable housing within their local community.”
For more information contact Sian Davies 01545 574129.