9:01am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Letters
THERE are two applications currently with the Planning Department of the Vale Council that residents of Barry need to be aware and concerned with.
The first is a planning application by Taylor Wimpey to build 200 homes on Green Farm, which is on the Cwm Ciddy side of Weycock Cross. Anyone who travels along Port Road, whether you are coming from Barry or the Western Vale, knows the congestion that already exists at peak times and the chaos additional houses would bring. I would also ask residents to think of the green land that would be lost forever once houses are built on this land, and where does it end? I accept that Barry has to have it's share of new houses as it is the largest town in the Vale of Glamorgan, but we need to be concentrating on brown field sites or small developments within the urban town that would not intrude on the few green fields we have left. Think of the environmental impact building on these fields would have on the wildlife and plants which currently live on this land, which incidentally is currently used for agricultural purposes and this is how the land is categorized.
In addition, the land at Green Farm lies outside the settlement boundary of Barry and in 1990 a planning application was rejected as "the proposal represents an intrusion into the rural landscape thereby damaging the amenity of the countryside"; what has changed since 1990? Plenty! There are even more cars on the road and even less green space for future generations to enjoy and the need to protect our rural landscape is even more apparent. Objections to this application must be made by August 27, 2013 and you should quote planning reference 2013/000701/OUT. You can send your feedback via the Vale of Glamorgan Website or in writing to the Dock's Offices.
The second application is what is known as a Scoping Opinion and this is on Walters Farm at Weycock Cross (the Hawking Centre side). Although this is not a planning application yet, it is the intention of Persimmon Homes to apply to build 500 homes on this land, yes 500! All the arguments stated above for Green Farm ring true for this proposals too, but we are suddenly talking about the potential of having a total of 700 new homes at Weycock Cross. The land at Walters Farm is also outside the settlement boundary of Barry and is designated as a site of Special Scientific Interest but also backs on to protected woodland.
A Scoping exercise is used to identify the key issues of concern at an early stage in the planning process and this will shortly be followed by a planning application. Details of the application can be viewed on the Vale Council's Website under reference 2013/00565/SC2. Please feed back your thoughts to the Vale Council on the scoping exercise but please can I urge residents to look out for the planning application and be ready to voice their objections to this application too.