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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Town Council objects to Vicarage Road homes plan

* The site of the proposed new homes off Vicarage Road.

LLANGOLLEN Town Council has formally objected to a plan to build 99 homes on land at Vicarage Road in the town.

Castlemead Homes recently submitted an application to Denbighshire County Council for the development, which includes a mixture of two, three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached properties.

But the scheme has sparked fears amongst people in the area that local roads will not be able to cope with the extra traffic it will generate both during construction and when the new homes are occupied.

As part of the formal consultation process, the town council has been able to give its official response to the application although a decision on it rests with the county council.   

And all seven members of the town’s planning committee present for last night’s meeting at the Town Hall voted to object to the proposal.

Planning permission to build 54 houses on land adjacent to Vicarage Road was granted to Castlemead on appeal by Denbighshire back in 2001.

Attached to the original application was a Section 106 agreement under which the developer was legally bound to build a new access road to the site before the scheme was started.

The field above the main site has since been included in the Local Development Plan at the request of the Planning Inspectorate to encourage the building of more houses to meet local demand.

And Castlemead  recently submitted a new application to build a further 45 homes, making a total of 99 houses on four parcels of land.

A statement issued on behalf of the company by planning consultants in support of the application says it would not be economic to build the access road before construction work starts on the houses and suggests it should be put in place by the time the 31st dwelling has been occupied.

Planning committee chairman, Cllr Sheenah Burrell, said the town council had received 57 separate representations about the scheme from people in the area, which would all be passed to the county.
Opposition to the scheme was led by the Mayor, Cllr Mike Adams, who said that while there was a desperate need for modern, cost-efficient housing in the area, there were a number of points on which objection could be made to the scheme.

These, he said, included the “loss of visual amenity” across the valley which the development would lead to, an inadequate number of parking spaces in the proposal and highway safety.

“There are very narrow access roads to the site and the planned increase in traffic is bound to present an additional hazard,” he argued.

He added: “The traffic generation of these additional homes should be taken into consideration.

“I believe we have genuine grounds for concern and I therefore propose we object to the current application.”
Former town Mayor, Cllr Bob Lube, also spoke against the application, saying: “I don’t think we can possibly agree with this until the road is done.”

Fellow members of the committee voted unanimously to object.
Cllr Burrell said: “I think we have been prudent and taken the emotion out of it and I thank everyone for their interest and information.”

Just over a dozen members of the public were at the meeting to hear the discussion.
The Welsh Government recently told the county council not to decide on the application until major road issues are clarified.

As part of the usual consultation process, the council asked the Welsh Government for its views on the application.

In a letter to the county’s planning chief an official from the government’s Department for Economy, Science and Transport writes: “I refer to your consultation of 14 April 2016 regarding the above application and advise that the Welsh Government as highway authority for the A5 trunk road directs that permission be withheld until further notice while additional information is sought from the applicant and/or information provided by the applicant is analysed to enable appropriate highway observations to be made.”

The letter adds: “The applicant must provide previous and proposed Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) values for Hall Street/A5 junction.

“The applicant must increase the future year assessment from 2020 to 20 years from year of opening.” 

1 comment:

  1. Well, at least they've learned something from the printworks/dupermarket catastrophe. Just a pity that unwanted increased traffic and environment spoiling weren't considered re the store development formally known as Sainsbury's. Interesting that Major Adams thinks 99 houses now represent a “loss of visual amenity”, whereas the white elephant eyesore wouldn't, when he supported the previous development.