Residents living in the Plymouth Ward of Penarth are voicing worries that the Vale of Glamorgan Council may be secretly planning to build a new road-link which could connect hundreds of homes at Upper Cosmeston Farm directly to Whitcliffe Drive in Penarth.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has – just this month – more-than-doubled the number of new homes it’s proposing to add to the Upper Cosmeston Farm site to 576 – a move which has promoted increasing concern about the already-congested road infrastructure of southern Penarth .
Currently there is no direct road connection from Whitcliffe Drive with either the Upper Cosmeston Farm area, or the rest of Penarth’s sea-front. All outbound traffic has to double-back to Lavernock Road – via the congested and dangerous junction at Brockhill Rise.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council now says it proposes to build a new road junction (presumably in addition to the existing Brockhill Rise Junction) which would link the now-to-be-enlarged Upper Cosmeston Farm housing estate with Lavernock Road – outline details of which appear in the amended document below.
In the extract above, the crossed-out section of text represents the now-defunct parts of the previous plan. The bold underlined type comprises the latest revisions which have just been added to the scheme. What was once envisaged as just “85” new homes is now amended to “576″.
The Vale Council says the new development “will be expected to contribute to the Council’s aspirations for improved walking, cycling and public transport facilities”. (The Vale Council presents no evidence as to whether local tax-paying residents actually share those same “aspirations” ).
The Vale Council also says it wants to ensure what it calls “good permeability” around the proposed enlarged 576 Upper Cosmeston Farm site. “Permeability” is planning jargon which means creating more access routes into – and out of – the new housing areas, and it’s this which is worrying Plymouth Ward residents .
Local homeowners in the neighbourhood of Whitcliffe Drive are concerned about speculation that – in addition to the new Lavernock Road Junction – a new road is being planned to run from the Eastern part of the enlarged Upper Cosmeston Estate to link up with the current “dead end” of Whitcliffe Drive.
Penarth residents want the Vale planners to drop their obfuscatory language and start coming-clean about exactly what is being proposed in terms of new road links.
Vale Councillor Maureen Kelly-Owen (Conservative Plymouth Ward) has now grabbed the bull by the horns and has written directly to the Vale Council’s Managing Director Rob Thomas saying:-
“I seek your assurance that under no circumstances would you be prepared to agree to any developers being granted a vehicular physical link/route into the Whitcliffe Drive side of the land to the south of this area at present under consideration for planning approval by your planning committee.
Cllr Kelly Owen tells Rob Thomas “Serious concerns have rightly been expressed by residents of this Cliff Top Community about their residential area becoming a “rat run” as an alternative route out of the new developments ,to Lavernock Road ,to reach Penarth (and the rest of the world). As a professional planner you will be more aware than most of the “ Planning Blight” that could affect the Cliff Top Community of South Penarth if such an assurance was not in place.”