Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More houses planned


We've been asked to share the fact that Ceredigion County Council have been working with developers to build a number of new housing estates on greenfield sites in Llanbadarn Fawr. More information on one of the sites below. If you care about the loss of green spaces we recommend objecting to this crazy proposal.
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SUMMARY

Planning application number: A140679

Proposal: New housing estate on Primrose Hill (48 houses on greenfield site)

Summary: Ceredigion County Council have been working with developers to build a new housing estate in some natural meadows in Llanbadarn Fawr. Many people believe that it would be inappropriate to build houses there. If you agree then you can contact the Council to comment on or object to this proposal. There are some things you might like to consider below.

Objections to:

  • [Post] Head of lifestyle Services, Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron SA46 0PA. 
  • [Email] planning@ceredigion.gov.uk (FAO Head of Lifestyle Services).

POSSIBLE REASONS FOR OBJECTING

Traffic: This development would inevitably increase traffic through the village - estates on steep hills lead to increased car use (people are less willing to walk and cycle, especially on a steep main road). This is a road that is already extremely busy during peak times: increasingly so as the University has moved more departments and students to the Llanbadarn Campus. This increased traffic would be an inconvenience, safety hazard, increase pollution and fossil-fuel use, and have a negative impact on the neighbourhood.

Flooding and water run-off: We have seen the disastrous effects of flooding in recent years. Flooding is worsened by building on greenfield sites that act as water sponges. The houses and road below the site would be adversely affected.

Visual: the proposal to build on that site is completely out of character with the local area.

Housing: Ceredigion County Council has allowed thousands of houses to be built in Aberystwyth over the last decade, and plans to build thousands more over the next decade. This is a ridiculous amount of growth, and threatens to destroy the things that make the area worth living in. Ceredigion’s population increases are coming from in-migration (as mentioned in the UDP, p.7 Section 5.6), therefore, all these housing estates are being built to meet external, not local, needs. This has a negative effect on the Welsh language and the whole community. In one Cambrian News report it was stated that the increase of 600 people in the previous few years in Ceredigion was from in-migration. There are also lots of properties on the market in this area which are not selling.

Wildlife: The meadows on which the houses would be built are a rich wildlife habitat including bats, badgers, foxes and owls. The area is also a vital wildlife corridor in an important conservation area, and needs preserving for biodiversity reasons.

Greenfield site: We should be preserving what greenfield sites and meadows are left, not destroying them, especially considering all the other developments that have been allowed in recent years. The natural environment has intrinsic value. Also, this is a conservation area.

Development goes against Ceredigion policies: this development contravenes many of the County Council’s key policies, e.g. as the Council developed for the Unitary Development Plan which was the basis for current planning.
  • “as pressure for development grows it becomes increasingly more important to protect existing playing fields and open spaces … includes green wedges or corridors within or adjacent to the built environment” (Policy CER2.5, volume 1, p. 126)
  • housing should not have “adverse physical impact on the physical character of the locality or social fabric of the community” (Policy H1.1, p. 99) – any development here will have a physical impact on the physical character of the locality. Where once there were meadows and fields, there would be housing estates.
  • Contravenes Policy ENVL1.3 “open spaces within settlements are not permitted for use for development” (Policy ENVL 1.3)
  • Contravenes Policy not to develop sites that have “local nature conservation or amenity value” (Housing 1.1, p. 99).
  • Contravenes Policy ENVL 1: “Not to create ribboning of development along roads” (Volume 1)
The start of further loss: The plan clearly shows an access road to then add houses to other fields nearby; if this development goes ahead it is clear that there will be proposals for further developments on the remaining fields.

An alternative suggestion: The Council should buy the land, make it a community area, plant more trees, protect the local wildlife and green natural haven in keeping with area.  


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