Weycock Cross planning application
9:01am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Letters
I READ again with dismay about the latest attempt by a building developer to build a housing estate at Weycock Cross, Barry.
Sadly this appears to be the latest developer to "test the water" in their desire to build 200 houses at Weycock Cross. Some may argue the houses are needed together with employment opportunities which would be created. However, there are many other reasons why this proposal should not be allowed.
It is evident it is against planning policy of the local authority. It cannot be denied the site remains outside the development boundary. Equally, the land has been used for agricultural purposes not residential development. No doubt the developer will seek to capitalise on alleged lack of housing supply due to the delay of the new development plan. However the local authority will no doubt deal with such an issue and therefore it is clear the planning application is premature. One would hope the local authority would defend its position, but ultimately this would potentially be at the expense of the council tax payer in terms of legal costs. Surely there are far more suitable sites to build rather than the greenfields as suggested. Again this is against planning policy. It is concerning an additional 500 houses could also follow in close proximity of Weycock Cross if planning precedent was set. How would Port Road cope? Many commuters will already have witnessed disruption on Port Road itself. How would tourism in the Vale be encouraged or Cardiff Airport be promoted? Road infrastructure is clearly inadequate .
Other issues such as the adverse effect on environment, services and public safety also remain. This development would not just effect local residents who live nearby, but Barry and the Vale as a whole.
If you share such concerns, it is important to act now.
The public consultation period for planning permission has commenced which will end on August 27, 2013. It is important to write or email the council planning department to outline your objections quoting reference 2013/00701/out.
Please ensure your view is heard before it is too late. Hopefully, common sense will prevail.