Facebook group set up by Dinas Powys residents against "planning exploitation" in the local village
2:42pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Penarth news
A FACEBOOK group has been set up by Dinas Powys residents opposed to what they see as “planning exploitation” in the local village.
The page is called Dinas Powys Frustrated Residents Against Planning Exploitation Decisions, and was established at the end of August.
The administrators, Karen Rogers and James Regan, say they are concerned about the effect large housing developments in the village, and the wider Vale of Glamorgan, will have on Dinas and the quality of life of its residents.
One of their initial posts said: “We want to limit the amount of developments and therefore the effects before it is too late. We need issues addressed such as traffic congestion, lack of public transport, lack of NHS dentists, lack of doctors, lack of primary school spaces, and the blatant disregard of conservation and wildlife laws.”
A number of key sites were identified in the new draft Local Development Plan released by the Vale of Glamorgan Council last week.
Among them were an allocation of 300 homes at the former St Cyres School annexe site on Murch Road, 75 houses off Caerleon Road, a new site comprising 50 homes at Cross Common Road, opposite Hebron Hall, and 15 further dwellings on land at the vacant Ardwyn Children’s Home site on Pen-y-Turnpike Road.
But Mr Regan said each of the four sites were supposed to be protected from development.
“All four of the sites chosen were protected under green wedge designation, a higher protection level than green belt, but much of this was removed by the local authority in 2011,” he said.
“They are encroaching on spaces they said they wouldn’t before.”
Rob Thomas, director of development services at the Vale Council said: “When a new development plan is produced, part of the process involves reviewing and reassessing all previous allocations. It may be appropriate to revise designations that were previously stated in former development plans, such as the UDP. This is the process that we are following in producing a Local Development Plan.
"The Deposit draft LDP will be the subject of consultation in November and December and anyone with an interest in the Plan or any particular aspect of it will be able to comment.”
The LDP blueprint outlines plans for a total of 10,000 new homes across the Vale of Glamorgan, in line with Welsh Government targets.
But fresh calls have been made to ditch the idea by Plaid Cymru, who say outdated information is being used by the local authority to determine the number of homes needed.
Dinas Councillor Chris Franks said: “It looks as though the Vale Cabinet is content to ignore the fact that the projected growth in population has not occurred. We have called on the council to scale down the number of houses it wants to build.
“The increase in housing coupled with an absolute minimum space for community facilities will annoy many residents and will be seen as a cynical move by the cabinet.”
Should the 10,000 homes plan go ahead, members of the Dinas Powys Frustrated Residents Facebook page say they fear traffic gridlock on insufficient infrastructure in the area.
“The LDP says there is no money for a bypass, Mr Regan added. “But then even if they built it, it would not alleviate the problems we are going to have. But a lot of the figures in the LDP don’t add up.”
Cllr Franks said he felt the Labour-led local authority had “seriously misled” residents in Dinas Powys.
“There is significant outrage at their tactics,” he added. “They promised residents and Plaid that they would listen to concerns about traffic issues in Dinas Powys. However in reality apart from mentioning that various junctions need attention we are no further forward from the last Conservative plans. The number of vehicles that will travel to the Cardiff Road Infants School junction remains almost the same.”
But council leader Cllr Neil Moore has said infrastructure is a major concern for the LDP.
“It is imperative that the final plan contains the right mix of development for the Vale and that it is fully supported by the necessary infrastructure,” he said.
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.
A statutory consultation will be held over the plan starting November 8.
An informal drop-in sessions will be held between 5.30pm and 8.30pm at the Paget Rooms in Penarth tonight (Monday October 7).
The plan is available at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ldp