A HOUSING developer that was intent on building up to 200 dwellings in Barry, has withdrawn its plan to appeal against planning refusal.

The Planning Inspectorate for Wales confirmed that Taylor Wimpey has abandoned its proposal for the homes and associated works on land south of Port Road West, Weycock Cross, Barry.

Campaigners opposing the development gave news of the inquiry appeal withdrawal a cautious welcome.

Vale Council operational manager for development control, Marcus Goldsworthy, said it was pleased to confirm Taylor Wimpey had withdrawn its appeal.

He said: “While it is unfortunate that we have had to bear unnecessary expenses in responding to this, we feel that the developer’s decision to abandon its appeal vindicates the original decision of the Council to refuse the application and the subsequent stance that we have held throughout the process.”

Vale MP Alun Cairns said he was delighted, but added: “We do need to be guarded that a new planning application isn’t submitted.

“It goes to show what effective a co-ordinated activity by the community can achieve.

“I have to pay tribute to Frank and Debra Cleland and all of those involved with us and the Friends of Weycock Cross action group.”