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No problems for Redrow in THEVALE.

SIR - In response to the Western Mail article (Western Mail, October 21) about the problems that Steve Morgan of Redrow allegedly gets in Wales, it is not true in the rural Vale of Glamorgan.

He is building an excessively large development in the small village of Colwinston which will destroy the village - 64 new houses - an increase of more than 40% on the present housing stock.

The development is in a conservation area; with an inadequate sewerage system with frequent breakages; flooding; a variable water supply; narrow, dangerous and congested lanes surrounding the village primary school; and on swamp land.

Working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee and officers, he has reduced the provision of affordable homes to 25% (the council's proposed minimum rural standard is 35%) as no doubt he cannot make sufficient profit (despite his company's turnover exceeding PS1bn).

To achieve this, he is due to make a Section 106 payment into the Vale council's coffers which will be used elsewhere in the Vale of Glamorgan.

To quote the Nimby council leader Neil Moore, "Barry has had enough development so the Western Vale has to take the strain".

So to suggest that the Welsh "planning system is way behind England and changes at a snail's pace" and that the "insistence of 30% of affordable housing means that sites are being mothballed as you cannot afford to build" is clearly not true in the Vale of Glamorgan and Colwinston as an example.

Mr Morgan's relentless quest to build over Wales and especially the rural Vale of Glamorgan was helped when a judge refused to open a judicial review into this planning application.

Details of a previous refusal on this site were withheld from the planning committee, presumably as it was just for two houses which went to appeal and the planning inspector also turned it down.

Mr T Morgan, Colwinston, Vale of Glamorgan

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 3, 2015
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