Plans for 46 extra homes to be deferred by planning committee
News | Emily Gill - Local Democracy Reporting Service | Published: 15:46, Thursday September 10th, 2020.
Last updated: 15:46, Thursday September 10th, 2020
Controversial plans for an extra 46 homes on the site of a former school are set to be deferred by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee.
Work has already begun on the former Bedwellty Comprehensive School site, in Aberbargoed, for 55 homes – which was approved by the council in 2019.
Now the developer, Llanmoor Developments, hopes to add an additional 46 homes – bringing the total to 101.
Despite concerns raised by residents and the education department, council planners have recommended that the application is deferred until a section 106 agreement is agreed, and then the application would be approved.
The developer is required to enter a section 106 agreement totalling £19,500 because the site includes woodland that will need to be managed.
A report on the recommendation for the planning application says the development would make “a significant contribution to the council’s housing delivery shortfall”.
15% of homes – six flats and one bungalow – would be transferred to Caerphilly Homes and would provide affordable housing.
The rest of the 46 homes would be a mix of semi-detached and detached properties ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms. The scheme includes a formal public open space and parking arrangements.
However, the report says that the education department at the council has raised concerns over primary school allocations.
It says: “It is acknowledged that the education department indicate that the capacity at the catchment English medium primary school could not accommodate the committed development within the catchment area.
“They state that if both of these were to go forward there would not be room in the school to take the additional pupils that could come from these.”
The council also received 16 objections from residents.
Concerns were raised over the potential loss of green space and an increase in traffic, as well as access – which will be off Pengam Road.
The application will be considered by the council’s planning committee on Wednesday (September 16).
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