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What we are doing to improve the availability of affordable homes for local people in the Dwyfor area of Gwynedd.

First published:
12 December 2022
Last updated:


Everyone should be able to afford to live in their local area, whether that is buying or renting a home.

Many communities in Wales have large numbers of:

  • second homes
  • holiday lets
  • empty homes

This is causing issues about housing affordability. It is also affecting the sustainability of the Welsh language in these communities.

Second homes: Developing new policies in Wales

In March 2021, we published a report Second homes: Developing new policies in Wales. The report studied the impact of second homes in communities across Wales.

The report's author, Dr Simon Brooks made 12 recommendations, which included the setting up of a pilot area, to trial new approaches.

Second homes pilot area

The area of Dwyfor in Gwynedd was selected as the pilot area based on:

  • its geographic size
  • the concentration of second homes in communities in the area
  • issues faced around the Welsh language

We are working in partnership with Cyngor Gwynedd, Grwp Cynefin and the Eryri National Park in the Dwyfor Pilot area.

The pilot will run for at least two years and will provide essential learning for other parts of Wales.

Since last year, the Welsh Government has taken broad and radical steps to find balanced solutions to managing the large number of second homes and short-term holiday lets in some of our communities.

The Welsh Government has:

Leasing Scheme Wales

15 local authorities, including Gwynedd, have signed up to this Welsh Government backed leasing scheme which offers incentives for property owners who lease their properties to the local authority.

Self-Build Wales

The scheme loan provides:

  • 75% of the cost of a building plot;
  • 100% of the cost to build your home.

Select an eligible plot that already has planning permission at Self Build Wales.


Homebuy helps people who could not otherwise afford to buy a property by providing an equity loan. The scheme is of particular benefit in more rural communities where there may be few opportunities to buy a home.

The Welsh Government has made £8.5m available in the pilot area over three years. We are working closely with:

  • Grwp Cynefin, who operate the scheme in North Wales, and;
  • Cyngor Gwynedd;

Together, we have made Homebuy more responsive to needs in the pilot area and have already seen a number of completions.