Opinion "favourable" at LDP drop-in in Penarth, where 380 new homes are proposed
12:23pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Penarth news
AN INFORMAL drop-in session to discuss the new Local Development Plan (LDP) was held in Penarth earlier this week.
Local residents were able to question Vale of Glamorgan Council officers and cabinet members at the Paget Rooms on Monday (October 7) over the replacement blueprint, released last week, for growth in the Vale until 2026.
Council leader Neil Moore said opinion had been “generally favourable” over the plan – which proposes 380 new homes in Penarth.
He said: “The response has been very positive compared to the last LDP. The new plan is more balanced across the Vale. It is encouraging that people have come out for us to hear their questions. There are concerns over infrastructure but that is something we are taking on board.”
Cllr Moore said there no plans for a bypass in Dinas Powys despite considerable concern from the residents and councillors of the village – where 440 homes are proposed in an area already under pressure from traffic congestion – but he did say it was an “aspiration” which the LDP could be a means to achieving.
In Penarth, 235 dwellings would be at Upper Cosmeston Farm, which includes land for a new school, with 80 more on land near St Joseph’s RC School, on Sully Road, and a further 65 on the land currently occupied by the Headlands School - less than in the previous LDP, scrapped over sustainabilty concerns.
The new plan sticks to the original 10,000 new homes target across the Vale, but there are suggestion the local authority has over-estimated the number of houses needed, with recent data indicated a lower population growth than previously expected .
The LDP alsp proposes a park and ride scheme to run from the car park of Cosmeston Country Park, with buses expected to travel across the Barrage to Cardiff Bay.
New community facilities will be provided in Llandough, under the plan.
Around 70 to 80 people attended the drop-in event, which the Vale Council website said was to “assist people to familiarise themselves with the proposed draft deposit plan, in advance of the formal six-week public consultation exercise that will follow during November and December”.
Cllr Lis Burnett said on Monday: “We want this to be a more open and accessible plan.”