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Affordable house plan decision delay.

A DECISION on a controversial proposal to build affordable houses on agricultural land in the Vale of Glamorgan has been delayed to allow councillors to visit the site.

The proposal by Newydd Housing Association to build eight semi-detached affordable homes, on land at The Herberts, St Mary Church, has sparked concern and opposition in the area.

The application has been made against a background of a growing need for more affordable houses in the Vale, including in rural area.

The land at The Herberts was previously used as a quarry and is part of the Lower Thaw Valley Special Landscape Area.

The majority of residents at The Herberts have objected to the proposal on the grounds that the houses would be double the size of the settlement, destroying its scale and character and harming the Special Landscape Area.

Vale council planners have recommended approval of the scheme, but members of the council's planning committee have deferred a decision until after they have visited the site.

Llanfair Community Council has supported the principle of affordable housing but has objected to this scheme due to the level of local opposition.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 24, 2011
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