Concerns over developers moving in on Barry

CAMPAIGNERS who successfully fought proposals to build 200 dwellings at a Barry golf club, have expressed concern the idea may be back on the agenda.

Hope in the Vale last year voiced objections to a Brynhill Golf Club plan to create homes, re-model the golf course, and construct a new clubhouse – saying the site was not part of the Vale’s Draft Local Development Plan.

Developer Redrow withdrew the plans, but residents now fear a consultant has been employed to further develop a scheme.

Hope in the Vale chairwoman Jill John said: “We will fight against it and don't think Barry needs any more housing with the Waterfront and White Farm and other applications.

“Let’s keep some green land. Port Road is used to the maximum now so just say no to any more."

Vale and town councillor Ian Johnson also expressed concern about new LDP site proposals saying he believed the recent consultation on the Local Development Plan had been used as an opportunity for housing developers to suggest new estates around the outskirts of Barry.

The list of representations on the LDP included proposals to once again include a candidate site at the rear of housing by Highlight Park at the Brynhill Golf Club and another towards the Barry College annexe site near Barry Hawking Centre, Weycock Cross.

Cllr Ian Johnson said: “It is worrying that housing developers have used this consultation on the LDP to push their own agendas for building outside of what we traditionally think of as Barry.

“The proposals in the most recent LDP were quite clear – there was no need for additional housing sites on the outskirts of Barry other than those proposed at the top of Pencoedtre.

“The population estimates for the Vale of Glamorgan show a much smaller growth in population than previously expected while we are still awaiting official Welsh Government figures on household projections – the number of people in each house.

“It is not more sites that we need in the LDP, but fewer.

“Barry has a well-established need for smaller and affordable houses. Those should be developed on brownfield sites, such as the Waterfront.”

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