A PROPOSAL to develop a site for affordable housing opposite Barry’s historic grade II-listed Dock Offices is currently at a pre-application stage.

Jehu and Wales & West Housing Association (WWHA) has announced its intention to submit a full planning application relating to the proposed residential development of land at Subway Road in Barry Docks.

A full planning application has been prepared and will be submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the local planning authority, for two apartment blocks comprising of 80 affordable residential units and associated works.

All residents are invited to view the draft application submission and provide feedback on the proposals in advance of a formal planning submission.

Barry Town Council (BTC), councillor Shirley Hodges said she believed two of the buildings on the site were the Seaman’s Institute and the Barry New Dock Police Station.

She said she would like the buildings to be preserved for the town.

But she said she feared the proposal was one with a and a “stack ‘em high mindset”.

The BTC Plaid opposition leader and Baruc ward Cllr Hodges said: “They are so old and historic.

“They need to be preserved and not pulled down to build 80 flats.

“The development would have a detrimental impact on a Grade II-listed building.”

The co-owner of the nearby Silver Star Decor & DIY, Terry Sylvester said he had only recently heard about the proposal, but would monitor the situation and how it would affect the family business.

The store has existed in Barry for 128 years - making the store one of the oldest businesses in the Vale.

A WWHA spokeswoman said: “Wales & West Housing is looking to develop the site for 80 affordable homes in partnership with the Jehu Group.

“It’s at the very early stages and the planning consultant WYG are consulting the relevant authorities and people in the area as part of the pre-planning consultation process and we don’t own the land.”

She added: “Following the end of the consultation, the comments and feedback will be considered before a planning application is submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

“We don’t have a timescale on this yet.”

Visit wyg.com/consultations/subway-road-barry

To comment on this proposal, email oliver.hanney@wyg.com

The closing date for responses is Wednesday, September 19.