Battle goes on for ‘last green space’ between Cwmbran and Pontypool

South Wales Argus: Battle goes on for ‘last green space’between Cwmbran and Pontypool Battle goes on for ‘last green space’between Cwmbran and Pontypool

CAMPAIGNERS against the development of the last green space between Cwmbran and Pontypool vow to keep fighting for its protection after a Welsh Minister gave housing plans the go-ahead.

Minister for housing and regeneration, Carl Sargeant, has permitted the plans to build 1,200 homes on a greenfield site in South Sebastopol by allowing an appeal led by Barratt Homes.

This follows a planning inquiry into the development, which was triggered when a consortium of developers appealed against a decision by Torfaen planners in 2011 to reject their scheme.

Torfaen council did not contest the appeal and the decision was passed to the Welsh Government.

The final decision followed a report by Inspector Clive Neale, who led the inquiry in January last year, who also recommended the appeal be allowed.

In the minister’s minded to allow letter, he highlighted reservations regarding the legal agreement between the developer and Torfaen council.

Torfaen Friend of the Earth member, Carole Jacob said she was not surprised by the decision but still very disappointed.

She said: “It will impact greatly on residents through loss of green space, loss of bio-diversity and increased traffic on the roads.

"We are losing a beautiful piece of land that is the only green space between the existing communities, which people use for walking and the land itself filters the air and water.”

Fellow Torfaen Friend of the Earth member, Corinne Jones added: “I am extremely disappointed to hear the inspector's decision. However I shall fight each and every detailed planning application on this site. I aim to do everything I can to keep as much of the site as unspoilt as possible.”

Ms Jacob, who has fought the plans to build on the site since 1996, added: “As a group we are not turning our backs but want to limit the damage done by the development to achieve the best possible outcome, even though we are still opposed to it.”

A Torfaen council spokesman confirmed following the Welsh Minister’s decision, it is Taylor Wimpey’s intention to submit a new outline planning application.

He said: “The primary changes between the schemes will be downgrading the southern access to a bus and pedestrian access only and providing for a greater buffer between the proposed development and the Canal Conservation Area.”

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2:04pm Fri 24 Jan 14

davidcp says...

Forgive my query, but if the battle is 'going on', how come the pictured protestors appear to be standing outside a building that doesn't exist any more, and hasn't for nearly a year? It LOOKS like County Hall in Cwmbran? If it's a library picture, please say so.
Forgive my query, but if the battle is 'going on', how come the pictured protestors appear to be standing outside a building that doesn't exist any more, and hasn't for nearly a year? It LOOKS like County Hall in Cwmbran? If it's a library picture, please say so. davidcp
  • Score: 7

7:56pm Fri 24 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

Who will serve the jail sentence for disturbing the bat colonies and other protected species that ecological surveys has found on this site? Or perhaps this does not apply to huge profit making developers who intend ruining our countryside for greed.
And what are these ministers getting out of it?
Sounds something sinister to me..
Who will serve the jail sentence for disturbing the bat colonies and other protected species that ecological surveys has found on this site? Or perhaps this does not apply to huge profit making developers who intend ruining our countryside for greed. And what are these ministers getting out of it? Sounds something sinister to me.. bugsy93
  • Score: 2

8:49pm Fri 24 Jan 14

mvaone says...

I would like to know who this housing is for,imigrants?
I would like to know who this housing is for,imigrants? mvaone
  • Score: -4

2:30am Sat 25 Jan 14

mrmojorisin93 says...

mvaone wrote:
I would like to know who this housing is for,imigrants?
'Immigrants' firstly, and what if it is for immigrants, why should that matter? Even if these houses do get built, which I am against by the way, I guarantee will not be full of immigrants.
[quote][p][bold]mvaone[/bold] wrote: I would like to know who this housing is for,imigrants?[/p][/quote]'Immigrants' firstly, and what if it is for immigrants, why should that matter? Even if these houses do get built, which I am against by the way, I guarantee will not be full of immigrants. mrmojorisin93
  • Score: 2

5:54am Sat 25 Jan 14

bravoscar says...

Doesn't look like any young families there wanting new homes just oap's that have bought there council houses
Doesn't look like any young families there wanting new homes just oap's that have bought there council houses bravoscar
  • Score: 1

10:11am Sat 25 Jan 14

robinsonsuperduper says...

So old people bought their own houses but won't allow new homes to be build for young people. I bet they didn't complain when their own houses were built. Cwmbran itself is a new town, their own families moved to Cwmbran and no doubt without complaint.
So old people bought their own houses but won't allow new homes to be build for young people. I bet they didn't complain when their own houses were built. Cwmbran itself is a new town, their own families moved to Cwmbran and no doubt without complaint. robinsonsuperduper
  • Score: 2

11:54am Sat 25 Jan 14

Evan Owen says...

NIMBYs rule OK
NIMBYs rule OK Evan Owen
  • Score: 0

6:50pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Limestonecowboy says...

mvaone wrote:
I would like to know who this housing is for,imigrants?
Whats the definition of 'immigrant?'
[quote][p][bold]mvaone[/bold] wrote: I would like to know who this housing is for,imigrants?[/p][/quote]Whats the definition of 'immigrant?' Limestonecowboy
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