Campaigners step up their homes objections
9:02am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS battling to stop a proposed development on one of Barry’s greenfield sites, held their second public meeting on Monday, August 12.
The friends of Weycock Cross, and local residents, gathered at the Highlight Park community centre to discuss their concerns about proposals for a 200-dwelling development on Green Farm, Weycock Cross, Barry.
Taylor Wimpey recently lodged proposals, with the Vale Council, for the site.
Chairwoman of The Friends of Weycock Cross, Debra Cleland, said she was delighted so many local residents had joined the fight against the proposals.
Alun Cairns MP said the Vale Council’s local development plan (LDP) was due to be published this autumn meaning until that point the unitary development plan (UDP) was in force and the land at Green Farm didn’t appear to be in that plan.
He also expressed concerns about the urban sprawl of Barry out of its settlement boundary and into green belt land and that the Weycock Cross area would be irreversibly and permanently altered.
Local councillors, Phil Clarke, Rhona Probert and Claire Curtis also expressed concerns about the development and encouraged residents to write to the Vale Council’s planning department lodging an objection to the application.
Residents said the development would cause significant road congestion problems in the town and would erode the town boundary and flagged up worries about the impact on schools, doctor surgeries and the environmental impact this development would have upon agricultural land in Barry.
Commenting on its proposals to improve infrastructure as part of the scheme, a Taylor Wimpey spokeswoman said: "Details of the highways improvements to be delivered in conjunction with the development will be determined following discussions with the local authority."
The campaign group is interested in hearing from residents with a knowledge in planning or environmental matters.
Further details may be found on the Facebook Friends of Weycock Cross page or on www.friendofweycockcross.co.uk
Residents wishing to make their views known on the application, should write to the Vale Council’s planning officer, quoting reference 2013/0701/OUT-GREEN FARM, WEYCOCK CROSS DEVELOPMENT
Letters must be lodged by Wednesday, August 28.