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Rhondda Cynon Taf: Gelli pub flats

Rhondda Cynon Taf: Gelli pub flats

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A derelict former pub in the Rhondda could be turned into flats if councillors give their approval.

An application to convert what was The Gordon Hotel on Gelli Road in Gelli into 14 flats will go before Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s planning committee on Thursday, November 4.

The three-storey Victorian building has been vacant and unoccupied for a considerable time and appears to be in a state of some dereliction with no users having come forward in that time, the planning report said.

If the plans get the go ahead, at basement level there would be two one-bed flats, a communal laundry room and storage space.

On the ground floor there would be four one-bed flats, another four one-bed flats on the first floor and another four one-bed flats on the second floor.

The planning report said that originally, due to the limited size of external amenity space, there would not have been any off-street parking provision and the the rear yard was proposed to accommodate only a drying area and a covered cycle store.

But amended plans were later submitted to provide five spaces with the approval of the council’s highways and transportation department.

Planning officers have recommended approval subject to a Section 106 agreement and certain conditions.

They said in the planning report: “The development would result in the beneficial re-use of a vacant and increasingly derelict building in a highly sustainable location.

“The proposed flats would provide a welcome contribution towards the local housing supply and result in a considerable improvement to the appearance of the property and street scene.”

No letters of objection have been received in relation to this application.

The planning report said that the application property is within the settlement boundary and therefore the principle of residential development would be supported by planning policy.

It said the residential use would be compatible with the surrounding land uses and that “no other issues in relation to highway safety or biodiversity have arisen that cannot be satisfactorily addressed by the use of planning conditions.”

Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter

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