Local News & Archive — April 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm — Updated: April 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Councillors defer Abergele housing proposals

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Councillors have delayed a decision on whether 153 new homes should be built at Abergele’s business park.

Conwy County Council has recommended the plans by developers MacBryde Homes for a six hectare site on the outskirts of town should be approved.

A decision was expected at a meeting in Bodlondeb on Wednesday afternoon – but it was delayed by a planning committee following a debate. Seven councillors had voted in favour of the proposals.

A spokeswoman for the council said councillors were still waiting on traffic and highway information to be provided before deciding on planning permission.

Opponents say the new development would lead to extra traffic and affect nearby Gwyrch Castle and its gardens. Objectors also claim construction work would lead to distress for residents of the dementia care centre at Ty Cariad.

The proposals include 74 four-bedroom detached properties, 19 detached with three bedrooms, 19 semi-detached homes with three bedrooms, 24 terraced houses with three bedrooms, one semi-detached home with two bedrooms and 19 two-bedroom terraced houses.

A report by council planners stated: ”Neighbourhood amenity space is proposed in the form of the landscaped bund and grassed areas throughout the site. Informal children’s play space is proposed throughout the site, with formal play space located within the northwestern corner and adjacent to the centre of the site.”

It adds: ”Minded to grant conditional planning permission provided no objection is received from the Highways Officer and a legal agreement is secured to deliver affordable housing and commuted sums…Cadw considers that the proposed development will have a minor visual impact on the setting of the registered park and garden at Gwyrch Castle.”

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