Dinas Powys group organise public meeting opposing LDP plans
4:08pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Penarth news
A DINAS Powys group concerned about the threat of over development in the village is holding a public meeting this weekend.
The administrators of the Facebook group Dinas Powys Frustrated Residents Against Planning Exploitation Decisions, James Regan and Karen Rogers, have organised the informal meeting to allow people to discuss their objections to the proposals put forward in the draft Local Development Plan (LDP) before the consultation period begins.
The six-week consultation period begins on November 8, and will give Vale residents the opportunity to voice their opposition to planning proposals and propose alternative sites for development.
If adopted the LDP will be the blueprint for developments across the Vale until 2026.
A number of sites in Dinas Powys were identified in the new draft Local Development Plan released by the Vale of Glamorgan Council last month.
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.
James, a lifelong Dinas Powys resident, said: “We are going to try and find out what local residents think about the whole LDP and if people have been reading the documents that have been made available.
“Me and Karen have been trying to read through them before the consultation period to see quite a lot of questions that we need to ask.
“We aren’t allowed to make representations of what’s in the documents until the consultation starts.”
He said that the main concerns they had from the LDP proposals were that the transport infrastructure in Dinas Powys would struggle to cope with any further development, with fears that the village has already reached capacity, and that a lower population growth across the Vale meant that there was less houses needed than the LDP outlines, which both Plaid Cymru councillors Chris Williams and Dr Ian Johnson have already warned about.
James added that he hoped the meeting would help people fully understand the LDP documents more so that they could voice their opposition to the proposals during the consultation period.
“It will be about working out what they are saying in the documents, because as a lay person it is difficult to understand what they are trying to say,” he said.
The meeting will be held at Dinas Powys’s Lee Hall on Sunday, November 3, between 6pm and 8pm.