Plans for more than 250 new homes in St Athan have been earmarked for approval despite objections.

A development of up to 253 new homes is being planned in 26 acres of land off Cowbridge Road in the northern edge of the village.

Developer Edenstone Homes has pledged to make 17 per cent of the development- 89 homes -available as affordable housing, and would pay almost £2million towards nearby educational facilities if the scheme is allowed.

The development has been met with opposition by St Athan Community Council and residents over fears of increased traffic, loss of green space, and a lack of cycle provision and public transport serving the area.

But Vale of Glamorgan Council officers have recommended that the Planning Committee grant outline permission to the scheme when it meets today (Thursday June 7).

St Athan Community Council has expressed “strong objections” to the scheme.

In a letter to Vale council, the group said: “We believe that this application is unsustainable on many levels, and that there are more suitable sites available including brownfield.”

Residents neighbouring the proposed development sent more than 30 letters and emails of objection to the plans, with concerns including a lack of nearby facilities, including school places, increased traffic, air and light pollution and the homes would cause a flood risk.

The development would consist of 229 family homes and 24 one-bed units. It is estimated this would mean an additional 23 pre-school places, and space for 64 for primary school children and 48 secondary pupils.

Edenstone Homes has agreed to pay £1,980,877 towards enhancing schools provision in the area to meet the extra demand, a council report says. 

The developer, in a statement to the council, said the proposal will bring “a significant number of benefits” to the area and "aims to make the most efficient use of the site, whilst creating a high-quality living environment.”