CEREDIGION County Council’s development control committee did not make a decision on an application to convert two, three-bedroom bungalows between Aberporth and Tresaith into three, two-bedroom properties at its meeting on Wednesday (Aug 12).
The committee agreed to defer the application for further discussions because of high house prices in coastal areas.
The plan also includes extending the existing dwellings – Rhoswerdd and Rhosmore – with one of the new houses to be smaller than the others, with one also already having two extra bedrooms in its roof space, which could be classed as an affordable unit.
However, this could not be guaranteed without an official affordable home application and the legal conditions this places on a property.
Cllr Lyndon Lloyd said that his understanding was the applicant wanted two open market and one affordable dwelling which would be welcomed close to Aberporth, but the committee was reminded that this was not was applied for.
Corporate lead officer Russell Hughes-Pickering told members if they wanted affordable housing here discussions needed to be had with the applicant for that to be included in the plan otherwise they would be “open market dwellings overlooking the sea which is going to out-price the local people.”
Cllr Rhodri Evans said that designated affordable housing was “the only way we will keep people in locations like Tresaith.”