Residents of Penarth’s southern neighbour – Sully – are galvanising again in opposition to the proposed Taylor Wimpey scheme to build 350 new houses on a grass field on Cog Road – on the north West perimeter of the village.
Ultimately this development would probably contain more than 500 homes with maybe 700 cars – most of which would be choking the local country roads and then heading to – or through – Penarth to add to the existing commuter and school congestion here.
The protest group “Saving Sully” is now distributing a new flyer around the village highlighting the traffic problems the new development will create. They claim the existing local roads can’t cope with the extra traffic and wants local residents to submit objections to the Vale of Glamorgan Council by the deadline of 18 March .
However the implications for congestion in Penarth are potentially just as serious as they are for Sully. In February 2014, when Penarth Town Council had the development on the agenda of its planning committee, the discussion was stifled by the Labour councillors who did not want the matter discussed. (See PDN http://tinyurl.com/hd7adyg )
Once the extra traffic from the new Cog Road Estate has escaped the daily snarl-up in Sully, much of it would be heading for Lavernock Road / Redlands Road towards Cardiff and would probably also affect other Penarth routes like Victoria Road and Westbourne Road too .
Cllr. Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward ) says “The substantial planning application for 350 new houses in Sully, in addition to other applications believed to be under development in the village, are going to throw a large number of additional cars onto Penarth’s already busy main routes, such as Westbourne Road, Lavernock Road, Plymouth Road and Marine Parade.”
“Almost certainly most of the traffic will be Penarth or Cardiff bound, rather than Barry bound, and if this application, together with that for the Sully Social Club’s proposals for around a further 200 houses, were eventually to be approved, this would have a major impact on Penarth residents and their quality of living.”
Cllr Ernest says he appreciated the need for some new houses in the Vale but “the scale of these likely developments in Sully is out of all proportion, and I hope that Penarth residents will support me in objecting to both the large number of dwellings proposed, as well as a readily-apparent lack of infrastructure and facilities for the new householders.”
It’s not just a matter of road congestion; critics also argue that Penarth schools will also be affected.
Cllr Ernest says “Inevitably there will be a further demand for both Primary and Secondary education in the village, and it is inevitable that this demand would shift towards Penarth’s primary sector, such as Evenlode, whilst Stanwell Secondary is already at capacity. Regrettably I do not see any proposals for new schools in the developers’ proposals”
The full size Cog Road Protest flyer is reproduced below:-