Councillors have green-lit proposals to build a housing estate on the site of Caerphilly’s Catnic factory.
The 176-home scheme at Pontypandy Industrial Estate includes a mix of one-bed flats and two, three, and four-bedroom houses, and includes public open space, a multi-use games area, and parking.
The development will see Catnic’s office building and manufacturing facility demolished at the industrial site, which is off Pontygwindy Road, with the redevelopment part of a plan to move the steel construction products firm, which is owned by Tata Steel, to Dyffryn Business Park, in Ystrad Mynach.
The plans, submitted by developer Asbri, were granted by members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday March 8.
A single letter of objection was received by the council from a resident who raised concerns over traffic congestion. However, planning officials have said there would be a reduction in traffic if the scheme were to be approved.
Cllr James Pritchard, who represents the Morgan Jones ward for Labour, backed the plans, but expressed concern over the lack of social housing in the scheme.
He told the planning meeting: “I am not here to oppose the development as the proposal is on a brownfield site. That is far more preferable than on greenfield sites.
“I am disappointed there aren’t more affordable houses included, but some residents have said that they are in favour of the development due to the mechanical sounds coming from the site under the current tenants.”
Cllr Pritchard also urged the authority to prioritise redevelopment work on the nearby PwllyPant roundabout to avoid compounding traffic issues in the area.