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450 homes approved despite objections.

Byline: ABBY BOLTER Reporter

CALLS for people to be put before developers' profits have failed to halt a major plan for up to 450 new homes.

Objectors argued the scheme is too large and will create traffic chaos, overwhelm doctors' surgeries and schools, while harming wildlife, sites of historical significance and cause flooding.

But Bridgend council planners agreed to the principle of the scheme for land west of Maesteg Road in Tondu, near Bridgend.

Group manager for development Jonathan Parsons warned that rejection of the development proposed by Merthyr Mawr Estates - which he said was in accordance with the Local Development Plan (LDP) - risked forcing the council into an expensive appeals process or even a public inquiry. He added: "This development will not go away. It will move somewhere else."

Residents of the existing Pentre Felin estate in Tondu and communities the length of the Llynfi Valley have fought a long campaign against the plan, which proposes development over four phases - including 1,000sq m of commercial space - with 135 homes in the first stage.

Resident Claudette Evans told a meeting of Bridgend County Borough Council's development control committee yesterday that the community was already living with the legacy of broken promises for a new nursery, primary school and medical centre.

Councillor Tim Thomas said improvements to the main valley artery, the A4063, should be made before any development begins and not once it has started.

Councillor James Radcliffe said: "This is not about blocking housing on this site, but blocking excessive housing not supported by infrastructure." Council officers said all the concerns had been addressed by way of planning conditions. The developer will contribute up to PS1.6m towards funding extra school places and also money towards road enhancements and sustainable transport.

Wildlife surveys and "buffer strips" for animals will also be created prior to any development. Officers added that independent traffic assessments showed the extra cars could be accommodated and they were satisfied the new design for the realignment of the A4063 would not harm a historic bridge.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 16, 2018
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