State of the Park

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Housing

Second Homes and Sold House Prices

According to data obtained from the Land Registry’s Price Paid Database, 413 houses were sold within Snowdonia National Park in 2016.

2016 Houses Sold Category

Number
Total Sold413
Number of ‘detached’ homes sold162
Number of ‘semi-detached’ homes sold78
Number of ‘flats’ sold13
Number of ‘terraced’ houses sold138
Other22

This was slightly higher than the figure seen in 2015 which was 406. The average house price in 2016 was £178,331, whilst the average for 2015 was £174,931.

2015 Houses Sold Category

Number
Total Sold406
Number of ‘detached’ homes sold182
Number of ‘semi-detached’ homes sold78
Number of ‘flats’ sold13
Number of ‘terraced’ houses sold120
Other3

The southern part of the Park (area inc Llangelynin, Bryn-crug / Llanfihangel, Corris/Mawddwy, Tywyn, Aberdyfi) had the highest average sold house price within the Park during 2016 with £217,177. This is considerably higher than the average for the same area in 2015 which was £184,554.

Affordability

Gwynedd and Mon’s PSB Wellbeing Assessment 2017

The median property price for Gwynedd of £144,000 is slightly higher than the Wales median of £141,000. The average household income in Gwynedd is £22,240, but £27,714 is needed to afford a property at market entry level price. This means that 60% of households are priced out of the market. This percentage varies from area to area from the highest percentage in Pen Llŷn, where 73% are priced out of the market, to the lowest in Ffestiniog at 42%.

Conwy and Denbighshire PSB – Assessment of local well-being 2017

At April 2016 the average house price for a property in Conwy CB was £145,450. This is currently 6.1 times the average household income of £23,750. This suggests that entering the housing market as a home owner is well out of the reach of the average household

Snowdonia National Park Authority Joint Housing Land Availability Study

YearCompletionsAffordable Units (part of the total number)
2012/135737
2013/142810
2014/155827
2015/16183
2016/17209

As can be seen from the table above the number of completions in the National Park has fluctuated from year to year therefore it’s very difficult to determine any specific trend. The low number of affordable units completed between 2015 and 2017 reflects the low number of completions for the same period.  The low number of completions may be due to the difficult borrowing environment and the continuing gradual reduction of social housing grant. The Authority monitors the Eryri Local Development Plan annually and is in the process of revising the housing policies to ensure that sufficient land is available to be brought forward for development.

Tenure

 SnowdoniaPembrokeshire CoastBrecon BeaconsWales
All categories: Tenure11,94410,22714,5791,302,676
Owned: Owned outright49.6%48.6%44.4%35.4%
Owned: Owned with a mortgage or loan22.7%22.7%26.3%32.0%
Shared ownership (part owned and part rented)0.4%0.3%0.3%0.3%
Social rented: Rented from council (Local Authority)4.9%8.2%8.0%9.8%
Social rented: Other 6.3%3.2%5.7%6.6%
Private rented: Private landlord or letting agency10.9%12.3%10.7%12.7%
Private rented: Other2.3%2.0%2.4%1.5%
Living rent free2.8%2.7%2.1%1.6%

Snowdonia National Park had the highest percentage of households which are owned outright at 49.6%. This was slightly more than Pembrokeshire but significantly higher than the national percentage of 35.4%.

All of the National Parks were beneath the national average of 9.8% in terms of households rented from the relevant local authorities. Snowdonia National Park was a great deal less with only 4.9% of households rented from the local authorities.