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Hundreds of families priced out of Welsh rural housing

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

Hundreds of families priced out of Welsh rural housing Hundreds of families priced out of Welsh rural housing

Over 300 families in need of affordable rural housing are being priced out of the market, according to figures from Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The local authority and its housing association partners have been trying to build new affordable homes in rural areas since they signed the Rural Housing Pledge in 2012.

A recent new housing development - Thaw Close in St Mary Church near Cowbridge - built by Newydd Housing Association in partnership with the council, offers four homes for affordable rent and two homes as low cost home ownership properties.

The development is two miles from St Hilary, one of the most expensive places to live in Wales.

Cllr Bronwen Brooks said: “A lack of affordable housing leads to a decreasing need for rural services and local amenities. Affordable housing is about much more than bricks and mortar it’s the lifeblood of a sustainable community."

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