PLANS for more than 200 houses on a former school site in Dinas Powys look set to be given the go ahead.

The Barratt Homes application for 215 houses on the former St Cyres School site in Murch Road have been recommended for approval by planning officers.

The application that seeks full planning permission for 215 dwellings and associated works, including access road, drainage, and landscaping, plus outline permission for a community and recreational use zone on the 12.05 hectare site.

Objections to the plans have been received from Dinas Powys Community Council, local ward members, and approximately 35 residents, including the Dinas Powys By-Pass Steering Group.

The main objections include the exacerbation of existing traffic problems and the impact on highway safety, the area of the site includes the line of the Dinas Powys By-pass and would prejudice its development, the submitted traffic assessment is flawed, air pollution from increased traffic, danger during construction particularly combined with other developments in the area, lack of infrastructure, inadequate provisions for sewage, surface water and flooding, adverse impact on wildlife, loss of trees, failure to comply with Local Development Plan policies and concerns that financial constraints will affect development of the community area.

Approval has been recommended by officers subject to a section 106 legal agreement relating to affordable housing, education, off-site play, public art, sustainable transport, and community facilities.

There would also be conditions including the enhancement of biodiversity, mitigation for dormice, highway engineering details, materials details, levels, means of enclosure, a Construction Traffic Management Plan, a Construction Environmental Management Plan, potential land contamination measures, drainage details, foul and surface water, and landscaping.

Vale council planning committee will consider the application at a meeting on Thursday (February 8) starting at 4pm.