Councillor Liz Saville Roberts said: „This is a threat to the Welsh language. Come to Abersoch in November to see how many lights are on. Section 106 allowed residents to buy homes in the area. „These amendments mean that boards must consider the context of each application and specific issues relating to the location and circumstances of the property when receiving an application to withdraw from an existing local occupancy agreement under Section 106. The national park agency said that if a landowner wants to remove an old occupancy restriction, they will revamp the deal. We use legal agreements, known as Section 106, to ensure that homes remain affordable for a local person, not only for the first resident, but also for future residents. Gwynedd Council officials told a shocked Dwyfor planning committee on Monday that after seeking legal advice, they had been informed that the Section 106 (local necessity) agreement, which has been used for many years by planning chiefs to limit the ownership of houses in communities to residents, was not applicable. „This agreement may have been designed to stop the growth of holiday homes, but the people affected are the local people who built homes as part of the agreement. At the planning meeting, city councillors reacted angrily that the clause had been made unenforceable, with many thinking the Section 106 agreement had worked well to ensure that local people could retain local housing while halting the proliferation of holiday homes. But Clare Parry, a housing rights expert, told Gwynedd Council in 2010 that its policy required a „high degree of probability“ that one property would become a second home to resist attempts to suppress 106 agreements. In a statement, they add: „If the original goal of obtaining affordable local housing cannot be achieved or justified on planning grounds, the landlord is exceptionally asked to make a payment of £30,000 to remove the 106 agreement. A copy of a legal agreement under Section 106 may be obtained by the Authority`s Legal Service.
Evan Owen, who has helped many homeowners remove the Section 106 clause from their real estate, said the announcement was delayed. . . .