AN affordable housing plan has been approved despite local opposition.

A development of 40 affordable homes has been approved for land north of Leckwith Road in Llandough.

The one and two-bed flats, developed by the Jehu Group and Hafod Housing Association, would be built in three blocks with a single access point off Leckwith Road and 37 parking spaces.

Nearby residents had objected to the plans and said the site would be overdeveloped, there was not enough parking spaces and also raised environmental and drainage concerns. The council received around 100 letters objecting to the scheme.

But Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Planning Committee approved the plans on March 28, as 14 councillors voted in favour and two abstained.

Llandough Community Council told the Vale Council that the plans were a “complete overdevelopment of the site”.

“There are no facilities in Llandough such as shops, doctors, school places,” a statement said.

“There is inadequate parking allowed for, it is essential to have a car if you live in Llandough.

“The proposed development is not in keeping with surrounding properties, the original local development plan was for eight houses which is more in keeping with the site as well as requiring less car parking.”

The Vale council’s ecology officer had originally objected to the scheme due to the loss of habitat on the land and the loss of trees, but withdrew the objection after the developer provided more information.

In a statement to the council, the developer said the scheme would “contribute significantly to the provision of affordable housing in the area”.

The statement said: “(The development) is located within a sustainable location – within close proximity to a range of services and facilities accessible on foot, public transport, or by car.

“(It’s) of a high-quality design and the proposed ‘town house’ design respects the surrounding built form and residential amenity. (It) represents a highly sustainable form of development by ensuring that the most efficient use is made of the site.

“The proposed development aims to make the most efficient use of the site, whilst creating a high-quality living environment.”