Torfaen could get 5,000 homes

A PLAN for thousands of homes to be built across Torfaen has been given the go-ahead.

An extraordinary meeting of the local authority was held yesterday afternoon over the adoption of the Torfaen Local Development Plan (LDP) 2006-2021, following approval by an independent inspector.

Amended changes outline that the plan will provide 4,700 homes across the area, meeting changing market conditions on a variety of earmarked sites, including Greenfield sites at South Sebastapol, Llantarnam and Llanfrechfa Grange.

Only four councillors objected to the plans, though the meeting heard some people held "massive concerns" over it.

But chief officer for planning and public protection, Duncan Smith, said if the LDP was not approved by councillors, it would be imposed on them by the Welsh Government.

The figure has been revised from an original 5,000 home total, due in part to the ‘impact of the economic downturn’, said the report presented to councillors.

It also said it had considered the difficulties in reclaiming land at The British, while reduced numbers of dwellings on County Hall and the former Police College were also taken into consideration.

But Mr Smith said this was not down to the Welsh Government dictating to the council.

He said: “This is our plan. It follows Welsh Government policy, obviously, but it had been tested by an independent inspector.”

Presenting the plan, Robert Murray, principal planner, added: “We decided the reduced number is a more realistic target, which would not jeopardize the objectives, provisions and aims we want to deliver.”

Concern was raised over the allocation of housing in South Sebastapol throughout the meeting.

Resident Rosemary Fisher, membership secretary of Torfaen Friends of the Earth, asked for assurances that the housing allocation for South Sebastapol would not rise above the 1,200 figure laid out.

In response, Mr Smith said: “Because of the broader allocations in the plan there will be no requirement to increase that allocation.”

It was also asked by Carol Parry, secretary of Llantarnam Village Residents Association, how the plan would seek to prioritise the use of brownfield sites over green spaces.

Mr Smith replied: “The plan and its site allocations have been found to be sound. The aim now is to deliver them, irrelevant of a green-brownfield basis.”

Various councillors thanked officers delivering their plan for their hard work.

Cllr Gwyneira Clarke said she was “glad” the plan was finally going to be adopted.

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3:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

hissartist says...

"Cllr Gwyneira Clarke said she was “glad” the plan was finally going to be adopted"

I bet she was, considering none of it is happening on her doorstep!!!
"Cllr Gwyneira Clarke said she was “glad” the plan was finally going to be adopted" I bet she was, considering none of it is happening on her doorstep!!! hissartist

3:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

kez1968 says...

great news!!! 5000 thousand new homes, but who would want to live in torfaen?
great news!!! 5000 thousand new homes, but who would want to live in torfaen? kez1968

3:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

anyone against these plans has no experience of being on the housing waiting list.

i was made homeless at about 14/15 due to a messy breakup between my parents.

there were no houses to move in to and i spent around 8 months living in somerton house "hotel" in llanyrafon,

the sooner we get homes built the better!
anyone against these plans has no experience of being on the housing waiting list. i was made homeless at about 14/15 due to a messy breakup between my parents. there were no houses to move in to and i spent around 8 months living in somerton house "hotel" in llanyrafon, the sooner we get homes built the better! whatintheworld

4:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

blackandamber says...

Where are all the people going to come from.
Where are all the people going to come from. blackandamber

4:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

macbumble says...

Loads of Romanians coming soon.
Loads of Romanians coming soon. macbumble

5:21pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

I think any people are confused. It means these areas have been allocated for housing development It does not mean that they will all be build in fact this is probably a 20 year plan

Most would be private housing with some social housing
I think any people are confused. It means these areas have been allocated for housing development It does not mean that they will all be build in fact this is probably a 20 year plan Most would be private housing with some social housing Bobevans

6:03pm Thu 5 Dec 13

welshmen says...

macbumble wrote:
Loads of Romanians coming soon.
Immigrants take preference over the Indigenous population especially if there's children, they are coming here for a better life, most of us would do like wise, unfortunately our Government are bound by the European Union to give them the same entitlements as the British, if the Government stop this the European Union will fine them £millions.

If you want change we need to put a Government in that will stop this and reverse it until then our Country will grow and grow, 5000 homes is not even scratching the service, more like a million homes are required plus the infrastructure Schools Hospitals etc.

According to many stories we have had 7 million immigrants in 13 years provided by British haters, the Labour Government, while Tony Blair continues to persuade the European Union that Turkey would be a good partner and Dave Cameron seems to agree, if that comes off then another 70 Million would be entitled to come here and our benefits, bringing their Religion Islam with them.

If you want an eye opener go up to Boston or London for a day, then you'll see what's coming here shortly, Wales has been spared up until now, thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians due here in the New year....that's 26 days....
[quote][p][bold]macbumble[/bold] wrote: Loads of Romanians coming soon.[/p][/quote]Immigrants take preference over the Indigenous population especially if there's children, they are coming here for a better life, most of us would do like wise, unfortunately our Government are bound by the European Union to give them the same entitlements as the British, if the Government stop this the European Union will fine them £millions. If you want change we need to put a Government in that will stop this and reverse it until then our Country will grow and grow, 5000 homes is not even scratching the service, more like a million homes are required plus the infrastructure Schools Hospitals etc. According to many stories we have had 7 million immigrants in 13 years provided by British haters, the Labour Government, while Tony Blair continues to persuade the European Union that Turkey would be a good partner and Dave Cameron seems to agree, if that comes off then another 70 Million would be entitled to come here and our benefits, bringing their Religion Islam with them. If you want an eye opener go up to Boston or London for a day, then you'll see what's coming here shortly, Wales has been spared up until now, thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians due here in the New year....that's 26 days.... welshmen

11:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Mike0408 says...

welshmen wrote:
macbumble wrote:
Loads of Romanians coming soon.
Immigrants take preference over the Indigenous population especially if there's children, they are coming here for a better life, most of us would do like wise, unfortunately our Government are bound by the European Union to give them the same entitlements as the British, if the Government stop this the European Union will fine them £millions.

If you want change we need to put a Government in that will stop this and reverse it until then our Country will grow and grow, 5000 homes is not even scratching the service, more like a million homes are required plus the infrastructure Schools Hospitals etc.

According to many stories we have had 7 million immigrants in 13 years provided by British haters, the Labour Government, while Tony Blair continues to persuade the European Union that Turkey would be a good partner and Dave Cameron seems to agree, if that comes off then another 70 Million would be entitled to come here and our benefits, bringing their Religion Islam with them.

If you want an eye opener go up to Boston or London for a day, then you'll see what's coming here shortly, Wales has been spared up until now, thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians due here in the New year....that's 26 days....
https://www.facebook
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^^^ link above says what Romanians have said they will do when they come here, yet the government still allow it, guess its ok until it happens to them.


now about this post.
i sure hope they are going to make plenty of 1 BEDROOM PROPERTIES for the thousands affected by the bedroom tax. ridiculous that they bring in the bedroom tax when they know they cant rehouse or help those that are affected by it :/
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macbumble[/bold] wrote: Loads of Romanians coming soon.[/p][/quote]Immigrants take preference over the Indigenous population especially if there's children, they are coming here for a better life, most of us would do like wise, unfortunately our Government are bound by the European Union to give them the same entitlements as the British, if the Government stop this the European Union will fine them £millions. If you want change we need to put a Government in that will stop this and reverse it until then our Country will grow and grow, 5000 homes is not even scratching the service, more like a million homes are required plus the infrastructure Schools Hospitals etc. According to many stories we have had 7 million immigrants in 13 years provided by British haters, the Labour Government, while Tony Blair continues to persuade the European Union that Turkey would be a good partner and Dave Cameron seems to agree, if that comes off then another 70 Million would be entitled to come here and our benefits, bringing their Religion Islam with them. If you want an eye opener go up to Boston or London for a day, then you'll see what's coming here shortly, Wales has been spared up until now, thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians due here in the New year....that's 26 days....[/p][/quote]https://www.facebook .com/photo.php?fbid= 594801987240175&set= a.182357545151290.62 618.100001311368535& type=1&theater ^^^ link above says what Romanians have said they will do when they come here, yet the government still allow it, guess its ok until it happens to them. now about this post. i sure hope they are going to make plenty of 1 BEDROOM PROPERTIES for the thousands affected by the bedroom tax. ridiculous that they bring in the bedroom tax when they know they cant rehouse or help those that are affected by it :/ Mike0408

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