The grassy fields of the Sully Sports Club. 

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.

In November 2016 more than 50 local residents of all ages turned out in the cold in a bid to  persuade Vale Councillors not to allow a housing development at the sports ground.

 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

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  1. Arthur says:

    The reason they want more housing developments against the will of the people who live there is that they need the additional council tax to pay for their over inflated pensions. One third of your council tax to be precise and it’ll keep going up as the council’s pensions are inflation protected.

  2. Dizzydeb says:

    This area is so busy with kids playing football & rugby also the very popular car boot sale. Do we want healthy kids or not? Why do we have to fill every green space with houses.
    The traffic will be a nightmare!

  3. Ezra Whitcombe says:

    I think the need for more housing, particularly affordable housing, is a higher priority than a car boot sale.

    • Ralph says:

      Plonking housing anywhere (be it affordable or not) without proper infrastructure is never a good idea

  4. John Powell says:

    Anyone would think that Sully is out in the rural Vale, rather than being a suburb of Dow Corning in an a busy road, just by the old tip! Isn’t it also the only place in Wales to have elected UKIP local councillors? I think the need for housing does outweigh car boot sales, not fresh air, but as we all know that the protests are about property prices the whole thing will fall.
    And, I suspect, Sully will pay the price for electing local reps from outside of the usual – no wonder Labour, Torres and Plaid see it as a place to put everything that’s controversial – none of their own members will get gip from
    the ever-complaining residents!

    • Dave says:

      Talking of tip, there is loads of space along that road. There maybe no view of the sea, more of a factory type view, but for affordable houses its spot on.How affordable is a prime sea view in Sully going to be….

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