In the latest amendments to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s contentious LDP (Local Deposit Plan) a huge 146% increase is proposed in the housing provision at the Upper Cosmeston Farm development.
Instead of the original allocation of 235 new homes for the greenfield site, it’s now planned to increase that figure to no less than 576. These figures do not include the existing – and already built – residential development at Upper Cosmeston.
This latest new addition to the so-called “Local Deposit Plan” is buried in a catchily-named document called “Matters Arising Changes/Draft Affordable Housing & Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Guidance Consultation.” which has now been released (without maps) on the Vale Council’s website.
The document says “Due to the increase in the size of the allocation the appraisal indicates an increased negative score in respect of the loss of greenfield land. Nevertheless, the appraisal indicates that the impact of the development may be mitigated through sensitive site layout and design.”
The site is just outside the town boundary of Penarth . Like the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Penarth Town Council is Labour-controlled and has not discussed or made any comment on what is now to be a 576-home development on its doorstep – even though it will have considerable effects on Penarth .
In Sully, Penarth’s neighbouring village, the Saving Sully Group has already pointed out that the Upper Cosmeston Farm Development will add to the Cardiff-bound commuter traffic which will be generated by the 1,000 or more extra homes which planners are attempting to shoe-horn into the village of Sully.
The Vale document says that although Upper Cosmeston Farm is located 3 kilometers from the town centre, “it still has reasonably good transport links to Penarth and Sully”.
So many more people would be living in the Cosmeston area – on Penarth’s Southern Boundary – that there’s a tacit acknowledgment that Penarth’s already-crammed local primary schools will not be able to cope with the extra pupils – and a new school will have to be built at Upper Cosmeston Farm.
The document states that “land has been allocated ” for the proposed new school at Upper Cosmeston Farm which will “meet the anticipated need for school places identified and will also help to build sustainable communities by providing a local community hub”
On the proposed new 576 home increase at Upper Cosmeston Farm, the Vale dismisses any effects on wildlife and nature by saying “the extension of the site would not affect sites of nature conservation importance. Overall it is considered that the assessment of the extended site is generally positive, reflecting its sustainable location close to associated transport links and amenities”
The new iteration of the plan carries an amended forward by Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – who now appears to be the driving force behind the Vale’s heavily criticised scheme.
The Vale Council has begun a 6-week consultation on all the latest changes in its proposed “Matters Arising Changes” document . This will continue until October 28th .