Controversial LDP plan to make Sully traveller site legal and permanent slammed by Sully community council
12:52pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Penarth news
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to make the unauthorised traveller site in Sully legal and permanent have been slammed by Sully Community Council as “planning vandalism”, and sparked outrage among residents and councillors.
Under plans released yesterday (Wednesday October 2), the former civic amenity site on Hayes Road will form part of an authorised traveller site for the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s new draft Local Development Plan (LDP) says it would comprise 18-pitches on the paddock behind, which is currently designated as ‘public open space’ adjoining the Wales Coast Path, with the former tip vacated but retained for future need.
Sully and Lavernock Community Council said it would fight the plans “vigorously”.
A statement said: “The proposal is obviously designed to destroy the village of Sully.”
Vale of Glamorgan councillors on behalf of Sully, Kevin Mahoney and Bob Penrose, called it “appalling”.
Cllr Penrose said: “This will be met with strong opposition from the residents of Sully, who have already had to tolerate an illegal travellers’ site at part of this location for nearly 2 years.
“There is already a very active and well organised resident action group.”
Cllr Penrose also accused the Labour-run local authority of taking the “soft option” to legalise the site in non-Labour ward.
While Cllr Mahoney said it had reneged on advanced talks to provide community allotments.
“The people of Sully have been betrayed,” he added.
“We will continue to fight this all the way with hard-working residents.”
Travellers moved on to the council-owned site – on the same road as local Ty Hafan Hospice, next to a chemical complex, and near a college for autistic youngsters – in January 2011, after vacating the former Billybanks site in Penarth.
Protests and meetings called for them to be moved, with residents fearing the effect on tourism and house prices, but the local authority warned any legal action to evict them would fail because there is no designated site in the county, as legislation demands.
Sully resident of 26 years and member of the action committee Jeff Dunn said: “I think it’s diabolical. We will become known as ‘the traveller village’. Heaven help anyone trying to sell their house now. I can’t express how angry I am.”
Fellow homeowner Jeff Mosley added: “It proves the Vale council was duping the residents of sully all along.”
The replacement draft LDP was produced following concerns over the plan put forward by the previous administration.
Once adopted it will guide how land within the Vale is used until 2026.
The fresh LDP sticks to the original plan’s 10,000 new homes target, but says these will be spread out more across the Vale.
Larger local housing allocations include a 500 house ‘reserve’ site in Sully, and 235 dwellings at upper Cosmeston Farm, Lavernock – including land for a new school.
A further 300 homes are also outlined for land at and adjoining St Cyres School, Dinas Powys, with community and open spaces.
A bus park and ride is proposed at Cosmeston.
Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Councillor Neil Moore said: “It is of utmost significance that the deposit draft plan comprehensively identifies and allocates land for the services and facilities that will be needed to support new development to 2026.”
A statutory consultation will be held over the plan during November and December.
An informal drop-in sessions will be held between 5.30pm and 8.30pm at the Paget Rooms in Penarth, on Monday October 7.
The plan will be considered by the council’s cabinet next week.
It is available at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ldp