February 27, 2021

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Improvements needed to pedestrian access before support for housing development in Penrhyncoch

IMPROVEMENTS are needed to pedestrian access before support can be given for another housing development in Penrhyncoch.

West Wales Housing’s application for 19 homes at Penrhyncoch was approved by Ceredigion County Council’s development control committee on October 14 but only if the developer agrees conditions on providing a contribution to improve pavements in the village.

Other conditions include a Section 106 contribution for play area improvements, drainage improvements and the use of local letting policy when the houses are built.

If the conditions are not agreed to the application will be brought back to the committee for further consideration.

There had been a push to refuse the application by local councillors with concerns about the number of houses on the site and road safety concerns, particularly for pedestrians trying to access facilities available in the village.

Ensuring the homes were rented to local people to protect the Welsh language was also highlighted.

Local member Cllr Dai Mason requested the application be decided by the committee because the increase in numbers to 19 homes “will be in conflict with the character of the village,” adding he had received more than 50 letters of objection and adequate open space was a responsibility of all developers.

At Wednesday’s meetings he added: “We are not being unreasonable to ask them for an amendment.”

He, and Cllr Rhodri Davies, felt the number of houses should be reduced to ensure sufficient space for children to play.

There is a mix of housing proposed, which will be social rented tenure, with a development underway across the road with affordable homes for sale, including four bedroom houses and bungalows, down to one bedroom homes.

The application had been deferred from October 2019 to clarify information received about the affordable element of the development.

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