Proposals for a development consisting of up to 618 new homes, (40% affordable), has been voted against by members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee.
Although this differed from the advice of officials, the vote was unanimous,
It is anticipated that once the committee has gathered to validate the refusal, and their reasons for doing so, developers PMG Ltd and Persimmon Homes will appeal the decision.
The controversial greenfield site, situated on the edge of the town, south-west of Lansbury Park and Mornington Meadows, has sparked thousands of objections.
Campaigners and locals are concerned the development will lead to;
- The removal of well used bridleways and footpaths
- A loss of green space
- Traffic issues
- An impact on a nearby area of special landscape
It has been stated by officers that the proposals are aligned with the national policy, and the site meets the council’s criteria for development.
The officials said:
“In the absence of any firm timescale for progressing a local development plan review, or a strategic development plan, the development by a major housebuilder would ensure that a significant contribution to meeting the five-year housing land supply shortfall which currently exists, would be provided, and that a large proportion of affordable units would also be delivered. It can therefore be concluded that a significant need exists for the development on the above basis.”
Additionally, the developers outline application includes;
- A sports pavilion,
- Open space,
- Formal and informal play areas,
- Pedestrian and cycle routes.
- Arboricultural and ecological mitigation measures.
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