A controversial plan by Barratt Homes Ltd to build 225 new dwellings at the former St Cyres School site at Murch Road, Dinas Powys – on the outskirts of Penarth – is not to be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment – the Vale of Glamorgan Council has decided.
A full planning application for the scheme has not yet been made – but the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council is said to have already agreed with Barratt Homes that an Environmental Impact Assessment WILL NOT be necessary.
Because it’s so near to Penarth – (the site is just 400 metres from the new “Penarth Learning Community” campus on Sully Road) – the development will inevitably have implications for Penarth as well as Dinas Powys .
It’s the latest attempt by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council to shoe-horn yet more housing into the area in order to meet what many regard as its grossly over-estimated and unjustified housing-construction targets.
The site in question comprises 7 fields of what was once an ancient woodland. It is described by Barratt’s as “agricultural land surrounded bny mature hederows and hedge trees”. The old St Cyres School site is in the north-eastern part of the site.
Independent candidates who are standing in May’s Vale of Glamorgan Council elections have now taken action to thwart the cosy agreement said to have been reached last week between the Vale Council and Barratt Homes.
The fight against the proposal is being led by an Independent Dinas Powys candidate for the Vale Council John Maitland Evans who knows planning procedures like the back of his hand. He is a former Chief Executive of the Vale of Glamorgan Council who retired in 2012 when Labour took control of the council.
He and his colleagues are now challenging the Vale Council’s decision to ostensibly wave-though Barratt’s request not to bother with Environmental Impact Assessment and are now to use a little-known procedure which allows third-parties to ask the Welsh Government directly to override the council’s decision.
John Maitland Evans and his colleagues believe the Labour administration in the current Vale Council has “rushed the decision and simply gone ‘through the motions’, instead of taking a long and hard look at the developer’s requests”.