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Monday, November 28, 2016

Housing plan could be decided next month

* The Vicarage Road site.

A controversial scheme to build 99 homes on land at Vicarage Road in Llangollen is likely to be decided next month, according to a senior county planner.

Earlier this year Castlemead Homes 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.

The scheme has attracted considerable opposition and members of the group campaigning against it have submitted evidence to the council which they say shows the kind of traffic problems it would create on roads leading to the site from the town centre.

One of the opponents has just received notification from senior planning official Paul Mead which says: “The LPA (Local Planning Authority) has received some final amended plans and documents this week from the applicant.

“These plans and documents are being checked and will be placed on our website as soon as possible.

“We will be carrying out a re-consultation exercise on these plans and documents and so, if you have previously made any formal representations on material planning issues, you will no doubt be informed by letter/e-mail of the opportunity to make further representations.

“Officers are anticipating that the application could then be presented to our Planning Committee on 14th December 2016. Any representations you have made on material planning issues will be summarised for Members of that Committee.”

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.

Castlemead’s latest application has been to build a further 45 homes, making a total of 99 houses on four parcels of land.

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.   

At their May meeting all seven members of the town’s planning committee voted to object to the proposal. 

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