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Construction of 16 new affordable homes have commenced in Eryri National Park, in the rural area of Cae Swch, Llan Ffestiniog in Gwynedd.

The development by ClwydAlyn is another significant landmark that shows the dedication to providing quality and affordable homes in North Wales.  These homes being built by WTS (Wales Timber solutions) on behalf of ClwydAlyn.

This development is part of a partnership between Cyngor Gwynedd and ClwydAlyn as part of Gwynedd’s Affordable Housing Development Programme and funded by the Welsh Government through Cyngor Gwynedd’s Social Housing Grant. It contributes to the Council’s goal of constructing 700 social houses by 2026/27

The Cae Swch development will be a mix of 16, two, three and four bedroom homes and aims to integrate innovative design with eco-friendly features. All homes will be built to be EPC A, and highly insulated.


Executive Director of Development, ClwydAlyn Craig Sparrow expressed excitement with the project stating: “The homes will make a difference. They have various features such as bathrooms upstairs and downstairs, that make them suited for a lifetime of living. We don’t have many properties in Gwynedd, this will be the first to start in Gwynedd.


Councillor Craig ab Iago, Cyngor Gwynedd Housing and Property Cabinet Member said:

The development of affordable, energy-efficient homes in Llan Ffestiniog is fantastic news, especially in an area with a high fuel poverty rate. Decent houses that local people can afford are the foundations of a healthy and thriving community, and now more than ever we need to provide high-quality homes for the people of Gwynedd.

Our partnership with housing associations, like ClwydAlyn, shows our joint commitment to tackling the ongoing housing shortage in our county. I’m excited to see how these innovative energy-efficiency measures will make a lasting difference to people’s lives and homes.

According to ClwydAlyn the new homes will meet and exceed the current regulatory standards which includes Welsh Government Housing Quality Standard, Welsh Government Development Quality Requirements and Welsh Government Beautiful Homes and Spaces Standards.

ClwydAlyn’s aim is to tackle fuel poverty and help minimise the impact less energy efficient homes can have on people’s health and wellbeing. Built using greener technologies, these new homes would be super energy efficient.