Powys Council applies to suspend right to buy

Powys Council is set to apply to the Welsh government to suspend the right to buy scheme for the next five years.

If approved, the move would prevent people living in council and housing association homes from buying the properties.

A report for cabinet on Tuesday backed the move, claiming it would leave the authority ‘better able to address the housing needs of an ageing community’.

The news comes after Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Anglesey councils have already been given the power to halt sales.

The report also cited that none of the eight housing associations which operate in Powys have sold any homes under the right to buy scheme for the past five years.

It said the decision is the preferred choice as it was the ‘only option that gives the authority complete freedom to maintain, increase and improve the housing stock necessary to address a changing demand over coming years’.