A South Wales Central Assembly Member has added his support to a local campaign against a highly controversial housing development in Llantwit Fadre.
David Melding AM – a senior Welsh Conservative Assembly Member – raised his concerns in a letter to the planning department of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.
The plans for the development – on the Ystrad Barwig Isaf site - contain proposals for 450 houses. However, less than a year ago planning permission on the site was refused permission by the Welsh Government as it was seen to be a ‘highly vulnerable development’.
Speaking after a visit to the site, Mr Melding said:
“The application land was originally requested for inclusion within the Council’s Local Development Plan, but was ruled out because the land had unacceptable highway access, flooding constraints and ecological value.
“This unsuitability was supported by organisations including the Environment Agency Wales and Welsh Water who raised serious concerns that the public sewage network would be unable to cope with such a substantial demand.
“These issues are not petty - they are deeply concerning.
“There is a lot of public concern with these proposals which the planning department and committee members need to address”.