SULLY FARMER STOPS VALE COUNCILLORS ENTERING COG RD HOUSING SITE

No meeting of minds: The Vale of Glamorgan planning committee (kleft) meet the "SavingSully" protest marchers at the Cog Road cross-roads today (right)

No meeting of minds: The Vale of Glamorgan planning committee (left) meet the “Saving Sully” protest marchers at the Cog Road cross-roads today (right)

There’ve been problems today for members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Planning Committee  on what was supposed to be a formal “site visit”  to farmland at Cog Road, Sully –  the controversial site of 350 proposed new homes.

The "Saving Sully" protestors - the youngest of which was aged 2 - pfrepare to set off to the proposed Cog Road housing site

The “Saving Sully” protestors – the youngest of which was aged 2 – prepare to set off to the proposed Cog Road housing site

About thirty local residents opposing the scheme and representing the “Saving Sully”organisation had assembled near the BP sports ground with banners and placards and set off on a march to the Cog Road site along the narrow country road to meet the councillors.

This highly productive field is the site on which Taylor Wimpey want to build 350 homes - with more to follow

This highly productive field is the site on which Taylor Wimpey want to build 350 homes – with more to follow

The controversial housing scheme is by developers Taylor Wimpey. Local farmers say this land is amongst the most productive agricultural land anywhere in the Vale and produces three crops every two years. Local residents say they’ve been told the land is worth between £5,000,000 and £10,000,000.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council, however, is under pressure to come up with approved sites for the  9,000 new homes that it has estimated are needed in the Vale .

Opponents say the Vale Council’s 9,000 figure is a gross over-estimate of the actual future demand for housing and is based on council house waiting lists – and that, in any case, the proposed new private homes would be financially out-of-reach for most council tenants.

The Contentious Cog Road site in Sully where Taylor Wuimpey want to build 350 - and ultimately over 500 - homes

The contentious Cog Road site in Sully where Taylor Wimpey want to build 350 – and ultimately over 500 – new homes – adding to Penarth’s traffic and school crowding problems.

The initial planning application for the Cog Road site is for 350 houses – but a second parcel of land could subsequently be added to the first to create a new 500-home housing estate – a development which it’s feared would add considerably to road congestion in the area – including Penarth –  and put further pressure on Penarth schools lready crammed full.

It’s understood the council could potentially be penalised if it fails to meet its own self-imposed target that it committed to in its Local Development Plan.

On narrow Cog Road and Swanbridge Road there's barely room for pedestrians - and certainly none for two way traffic

On narrow Cog Road and Swanbridge Road there’s barely room for pedestrians and cyclists  – and certainly none for two-way traffic

The impromptu procession walked North along Swanbridge Road  – every so-often having to take to the hedgerows,  as heavy lorries, farm tractors and cars  attempted to squeeze past them.

Swanbridge Rd is a narrow country lane with no pavements for pedestrians. The risks were made self-evident by today's protest march

Swanbridge Rd – the main route to what could be a 500 home housing estate – is a narrow country lane with no pavements for pedestrians. The risks for all ages were made evident by today’s protest

The evasive action the marchers had to take to dodge the traffic was ample evidence that the existing road infrastructure would be totally inadequate for carrying the extra volume of cars which would be generated by the housing development –  if it is built.

This rich farmland is so productive it yields three crops every two years. But as housing land it's worth £5,000,000 to £10,000,000

This rich farmland is so productive it yields three crops every two years. But as housing land it’s worth £5,000,000 to £10,000,000. This is the second parcel of land which could be “developed”.

A banner was unfurled at the southernmost of two large fields which could eventually form a second section of a huge housing development –  ultimately containing up to 500 homes. The two parcels of land are under separate tenancies and are owned by different owners.

When the marchers – bearing placards with a variety of slogans – reached the Cog Road  cross-roads they discovered that the councillors were already alighting from a mini-bus which had brought them to the site from Barry.

The planning committee members get their bearings with Cllr Fred Johnson (chairman in yellow jacket) pointing out the lie of the land

The planning committee members get their bearings with Cllr Fred Johnson (chairman in yellow jacket) pointing out the lie of the land

Immediately however there was a further problem.It transpired that the tenant farmer who occupies the land, had not given his permission for the councillors to enter onto his fields.

None of the councillors attending the site visit including Cllr Gwyn Roberts and Cllr Lis Burnett (both LabourSt Augustines) were allowed onto the sitet of the proposed Cog Road development

None of the councillors attending the site visit, including Cllr Gwyn Roberts (left) and Cllr Lis Burnett (both Labour St Augustines), were allowed onto the land of the proposed Cog Road development

The councillors were told by officials that it would not be possible for them to go onto the land and they could view it only from the road or from a nearby private garden .

Marcus Goldsworthy

Marcus Goldsworthy Head of Regeneration and Planning at the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Marcus Goldsworthy, the Head of Regeneration & Planning at the Vale of Glamorgan Council marshalled the councillors into a nearby drive-way for a briefing .

Cllr Fred Johnson the chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan council formally opened the alfresco meeting.

Technically it was a preliminary to tonight’s full planning committee meeting at the Vale of Glamorgan HQ starting at 18:05 at which the Cog Road scheme is due to be debated and decided upon.

Marcus Goldsworthy outlined the proposed scheme and described the two proposed access points for the development which would lead to a single spine road through the development with several cul-de-sacs leading off it. He also pointed out to the planning committee members that a number of Grade II listed buildings  stand within the immediate vicinity of the development .

Marcus Goldsworthy finds himself surrounded by attentive protestors as he explains the housing scheme

Marcus Goldsworthy finds himself surrounded by attentive protestors as he explains the housing scheme

Mr Goldsworthy said the development plan itself had, as yet, “no firm detail” but there were schemes for drainage, highways, safety, noise and “visual impact”. Further details like the developer’s Section 106 payment [ money paid by the developer to the Vale Council to ameliorate the effects of the development]  had yet to be agreed.

Fuller detail should be available in tonight’s planning committee meeting due to start at 18:05 which is scheduled to be broadcast on the Vale of Glamorgan Council website. Two leading members of the Saving Sully Group will be invoking their right to address councillors at tonight’s meeting .

 

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8 Responses to SULLY FARMER STOPS VALE COUNCILLORS ENTERING COG RD HOUSING SITE

  1. Ivor Bagman says:

    Why do we not know
    Who owns the land ?

  2. Andrew sarchus says:

    Blimey Liz B blushed right through her roots and beyond.

  3. Timothy Hughes says:

    Used to live in a property backing on to Site 2 and I thought then, some 30 years ago, that the fields were destined for housing.

  4. Peter Church says:

    What has the good lady done with her hair?
    Coupled with the dark shades, it all looks very menacing, plus we know she is a martial arts expert!

    First we had the Mafia, then the Tafia, this could be now be the start of the Labour club in the Vale?
    What on earth should we call it, the Lafia🙂

  5. Aly says:

    Fantastic news 😄

  6. Bartholomew says:

    I think it’s utterly disgraceful that they’re building more houses and reducing the housing demand and decreasing the value of my property! Those dumb millennials at the bottom of the property ladder should’ve been born earlier, like the rest of us!

  7. Sue Thomas says:

    All an absolute disgrace & I am furious that Cosmeston will be in their plans too. 570 houses. They mean dwellings!! Flats 40% social housing too. We do not want it. This is ludicrous & 300 park & ride at cosemston. This is sheer greed &nonsense. Traffic will be at a standstill & only two B roads out of Penarth.
    They need their heads read!! In fact their figures are a joke too!! Should all be thrown out. They cannot even get the amount of residents at Cosmeston correct. !! Did they say 7!! Should be thrown out as they cannot get any figures etc right. This is bullying by LDP & the Welsh Government. OMG the Labpur Party & the Vales!! A disgrace!! What planner could allow this? make you wonder????????

    Barry-Sully & next Cosmeston. Shame on this lot!!!!!!!!!

    Well Penarth-as a whole will affect us all. Where are you all . OBJECT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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