Objections posted to plan for 105 new homes in Cowbridge
By Ted Peskett - Local Democracy Reporter
26th Sep 2022 | Local News
Residents, as well as Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council, have recorded objections and concerns about plans for a housing development proposed by Redrow Homes in Cowbridge.
The scheme, for 105 homes, 42 of which would be affordable if approved – will be situated on land between Windmill Lane and St Athan Road.
Objections were made at the pre-application stage, as reported on Cowbridge Nub News in June – and more have been raised since a full application was lodged with Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Chief among the concerns of residents so far are the loss of green space and agricultural land, potential over-development and the potential impact on biodiversity and ecology on site.
The town council has raised similar objections on top of concerns about the potential impact on traffic in the area, a perceived lack of infrastructure and adequate services to meet an increase in demand and potential issues in relation to drainage and flooding.
The land proposed for the housing has been earmarked for development under Vale Council's local development plan.
The development would not constitute a loss of high quality land according to environmental consulting company, RPS Group. They said the site comprises predominantly Grade 3b – good to moderate quality – agricultural land.
RPS revealed in their consultation report that Welsh Water did not raise any objections to the plan. However, RPS did say that Welsh Water noted that the "proposed development is in an area where there are water supply problems during peak high demand".
The applicants say an assessment of the water supply network will be taken to address this.
On concerns over the impact on local services, RPS stated that pre-application discussions with the council "confirmed the scope of requirements for the provision of infrastructure within the proposed development".
The full application can be viewed via this link, and you can also follow it to make your formal comment on the proposal, alongside many local residents who have already done so.