LDP set for consultation despite protests
Vale councillors passed a recommendation for the draft Local Development Plan to go to a six week consultation last night - despite a 300 strong protest from members of the public over the proposed legal traveller site in Sully.
Around 300 people waving banners, placards and posters protested about the sighting of a legal and permanent traveller site in Sully. They say that the land had previously been designated for allotments and that the site is unsuitable due to its close proximity to Beechwood College, children’s hospice Ty Hafan and the nearby chemical plant.
Protestors also showed their opposition to the LDP’s reserve sighting of 500 houses in Sully, which would be used if the housing allocation of 9,950 across the Vale is not reached.
Protesters waved their signs at the front of the council Civic Offices, which councillors had to walk through to get to the council chamber, as well as near the car park around the back of the building.
Members of the No To Travellers Site action group, the Saving Sully action group and the Sully Allotment Group marched from the car park to the front of the building shortly before the meeting, with many chanting “Sully Says No”.
During the special council meeting, where around 80 people crammed into the public gallery, councillors warned that the population figures were larger than expected and that the Vale Council should wait for the Welsh Governments projections later this year, that areas where housing was outlined didn't have the infrastructure to deal with more development, and that the plans were unsustainable.
Opposition councillors Cllr Jeff James, Welsh Conservatives, and Dr Ian Johnson, Plaid Cymru, attempted to have amendments made to the LDP with recorded votes, but both lost out to the majority.
The LDP is a revised version of one that was scrapped last year amid concerns that parts of it were unsustainable. If adopted the LDP will be the blueprint for developments across the Vale until 2026.
The original LDP had earmarked the Vale village of Llangan for a permanent gypsy site, but the new blueprint has outlined the former recycling site on Hayes Road in Sully as a legal and permanent site in order to meet an identified need of 18 pitches. Travellers moved into the site in January last year and the Vale of Glamorgan council is under a statutory duty to provide a permanent site for travellers in the area.
During the meeting councillors warned that if the Vale Council didn't approve the latest draft LDP then it would leave itself vulnerable to developers as it wouldn't have a designated strategy for housing.
Sully councillor Kevin Mahoney, who has recently registered himself as a traveller, excused himself from the debate as he declared an interest as a traveller.
Councillors debated the LDP for more than two hours and accused rival parties of 'political point scoring' for opposing the proposals, warning that if the draft did not go to consultation then the Welsh Government would take control and outline where it wanted developments.
Following the vote, which was passed by 24 to 14 with two abstentions, members from the public gallery shouted 'shame on you'.
The LDP will now go out to public consultation for six weeks, starting on November 8, during which time residents will be able to submit their formal objections and suggestions for alternative sites.
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