The village of Sully’s bid to register land adjacent to the former BP Sports Ground as a “Village Green” is to be formally decided by a Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Public Protection Licensing Committee tomorrow (Tuesday April 17th).
The proposal has implications for Penarth as – in the unlikely event of it being approved – it would effectively prevent much of the land around the Barry Plastics Sports Club from being developed for housing – and therefore head-off the prospect of further commuter congestion on the roads of Penarth.
The Vale Council has already rejected a plan from the Sully Sports and Social Club which hatched with developers St Modwen for houses and new sports facilities on the site – but local campaigners say the site remains vulnerable to a new housing project bid without the protection of village green status.
The “Village Green” bid was first launched in August 2016 – but was found to be “not in compliance with the relevant legislation” . An amended application to register the Land as a Town and Village Green then drafted and submitted to the Vale Council in September 2016.
In July 2017 the Vale’s Public Protection Licensing Committee decided that “in view of all the circumstances ” a non-statutory public inquiry should be held into the scheme. It appointed – as the inquiry inspector – Mr James Marwick , a barrister with wide experience of village green registration matters.
His inquiry concluded on February 1st 2018, after which the Inspector issued his report which said “My overall conclusion is the application must fail because a significant number of local inhabitants have not indulged in lawful sports and pastimes during the relevant 20 year period and further that any claimed user in any event was not “as of right” but, on the contrary, by implied permission.” [In other words – on the evidence – the application hadn’t made the case that there was sufficient public use of the land to enable it to be designated as a Village Green]
However, as that inquiry was not a STATUTORY inquiry, it’s still down to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Public Protection Licensing Committee – not the Inspector – to make the final decision.
Tomorrow the Public Protection Licensing Committee will have to decide whether to:-
- Accept the Inspector’s recommendations and refuse the application OR
- Not accept the Inspector’s recommendations and grant the application in full or in part and register the Land as a Town and Village Green.
The meeting is open to the public and is being held at the Vale Council’s main offices at Holton Road at 10:00 am