MERTHYR TYDFIL: Trefechan housing plan
Plans for 45 houses in an area of Merthyr Tydfil are set to go before councillors for approval.
The application from WDL Homes proposes the demolition of the existing bungalow and the construction of 45 houses on the site which lies north of Crabtree Walk and west of Sweetwater Park in Trefechan.
The site is a large area of grass land measuring approximately 3.2 hectares and there are two detached dwellings at the centre of the site (Mira Monte and Caerllwyn).
The houses would be a a mixture of three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached properties.
The planning report said that the majority of the dwellings would be two storey, with a small number being 2.5 storey buildings.
A bungalow is also proposed and the majority of the properties would have a single garage positioned to the side and setback from the front with at least two parking spaces on the driveways.
The plans indicate that one of the existing dwellings (Caerllywn) would be demolished and the other (Mira Monte) would be integrated into the development.
A new access road to the site would be built with new footpaths and an area of open space also set to be included.
Rain gardens would be planted in each front garden to help with sustainable drainage and a naturalistic woodland areas would also be created.
The council’s planning division policy officer has decided a contribution towards affordable housing can not be sought from this development as this would likely render the scheme financially not viable due to the high development costs.
There have been three letters of objection sent to the council relating to this application.
They said that existing roads through the village were not designed to cope with the increase in traffic that would be generated by the proposed development and raised concerns with just a single access road serving the development and suggested that an additional access should be provided for emergency vehicles.
They said that one of the proposed houses is “incongruous” and its location and orientation would be in close proximity and overlook some properties on Sweetwater Park.
They also said the development should not introduce a new path at the southern part of the site on to the existing bridle path, which is currently overgrown and they added that the removal of trees in the northern part of the site should not be allowed as they are ancient oaks and should be protected.
Their other concern was with surface water run-off and the flooding impact this may have on the properties at the lower levels.
Officers have recommended that the planning committee approves the proposal.
They said: “The proposed development is situated in a sustainable location within the settlement boundary and would make a positive contribution towards the provision of new homes within the county borough.
“The general design of the development appropriately responds to the context of the site and surroundings.
“The landscaping scheme helps to appropriately integrate the development in to the historic landscape, while balancing the need to provide suitable ecological mitigation/enhancement and ensure a sustainable drainage scheme can be implemented.”
The council’s planning committee is set to consider the application on Wednesday, May 12.
Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter
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