Developer continues plan to seek homes approval
2:01pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A HOUSING developer is to press ahead with proposals for a 200-dwelling residential development on Greenfield land in Barry – despite its omission from the Local Development Plan (LDP).
Taylor Wimpey has decided to retain its planning application to build on land south of Port Road West, Weycock Cross, known as Green Farm.
A Taylor Wimpey spokeswoman said the site was originally allocated for residential development in the Deposit Local Development Plan, so it had progressed with the preparation of an outline planning application for the land.
She said: “Regardless of the fact the LDP has been withdrawn by the local planning authority following the last elections, there remains a proven housing need in the Vale, which will need to be met via the development of various sites.
“The credentials of this site when compared to other proposed sites in the Vale remain strong, and therefore we are progressing the application as planned. It is unfortunate that there is the delay to the LDP process which creates uncertainty for everyone, however we feel it is prudent to continue with our application in the meantime.”
Vale Council leader Cllr Neil Moore, speaking about Weycock Cross at a special full council meeting to vote on the LDP, said: “We didn’t think that was the right place to go so it has been withdrawn. It isn’t in this LDP and the reason we didn’t think it should be is because it would have a major effect on Port Road and its junctions.”
Vale MP Alun Cairns said: “It is disappointing that they (Taylor Wimpey) are now continuing to pursue their application and this demonstrates the twists and turns we can expect in their plans to develop.
“I always said we need to be vigilant on their actions and the Friends of Weycock Cross and I are working together to support the community in its objections.
“We won the first stage of the LDP land classification but the planning application is separate. The fight for this goes on.
“We will be calling another public meeting soon to update the community.”
Frank Cleland, of The Friends of Weycock Cross, said the fight would continue.
He said: “It’s important that we all send in responses to the formal consultation about the LDP showing our agreement with the settlement boundary, green wedge and absence of development sites at Weycock Cross.”
“If we don’t then only negative responses wanting reinstatement of the sites will be recorded.”
The LDP consultation runs from November 8 to December 20.