Plans for residential housing at former Cwmbran hotel

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COUNCILLORS have visited the site of a former hotel that could be knocked down to make way for a residential facility for people with disabilities and learning difficulties and for elderly residents.

Somerton House in Llantarnam Road, Cwmbran, was previously used as a hotel and latterly was turned into a house in multiple occupation comprising 15 flats.

Torfaen councillors were due to have made a decision on the plans last month but decided to visit the site on July 30 and are now expected to make a decision tomorrow.

Developers Green Hill Construction Ltd submitted an application to replace the former hotel with a new three-storey building for people with disabilities, autism and elderly residents.

The company collapsed into administration earlier this year but new planning agents have been appointed on behalf of Green Hill Construction to progress the application, Torfaen council said in a planning report.

Torfaen planning department has recommended that the new development be approved subject to a section 106 agreement, meaning the developer would make a financial contribution for potential recreational facilities in the area.

The new development would feature four flats for people with autism, four for people with learning difficulties, another four for disabled residents and four for residents aged 55 and over who have care requirements.

The development would also comprise 16 parking spaces including four disabled bays.

A few residents voiced concerns about the potential scale and appearance of the development when Torfaen council consulted the public on the plans.

However, the planning report states that the facility would be partially screened from the nearby dual carriageway by new planting.

In addition, the building would feature bay windows and red brick materials similar to those used on nearby dwellings making it appropriate for the site, the report explains.

Carers could use parking spaces at the facility and an ambulance turning area could also be provided.

Councillors are to examine the plans again at Pontypool Civic Centre in a meeting at 4pm on August 12.

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3:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

davidcp says...

I don't live near there so this is not a nimby statement, nor is it what some readers may decide it is.

Disabilities, elderly and learning difficulties,Yes.
Behavioural difficulties, possibly not. Thanks.
I don't live near there so this is not a nimby statement, nor is it what some readers may decide it is. Disabilities, elderly and learning difficulties,Yes. Behavioural difficulties, possibly not. Thanks. davidcp
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3:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Turv01 says...

Pretty sure that the last story on this subject had comments pointing out that the building was kncked down some time ago........
Pretty sure that the last story on this subject had comments pointing out that the building was kncked down some time ago........ Turv01
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8:47pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Lullydet says...

Regarding the first comment, I don't actually see any mention of this this new development housing people who suffer with 'behavioural difficulties'.
Regarding the first comment, I don't actually see any mention of this this new development housing people who suffer with 'behavioural difficulties'. Lullydet
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9:08am Tue 12 Aug 14

davidcp says...

Lullydet wrote:
Regarding the first comment, I don't actually see any mention of this this new development housing people who suffer with 'behavioural difficulties'.
Granted, but there is a tendency for authorities to bend the truth, you know, after it's all set up and there's a bit of spare capacity someone will go 'I know what we can do......'.
[quote][p][bold]Lullydet[/bold] wrote: Regarding the first comment, I don't actually see any mention of this this new development housing people who suffer with 'behavioural difficulties'.[/p][/quote]Granted, but there is a tendency for authorities to bend the truth, you know, after it's all set up and there's a bit of spare capacity someone will go 'I know what we can do......'. davidcp
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1:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

10101010 says...

I'd still like to know how this is going ahead as Greenhill went into administration and were unable to pay their staff or contractors. Their unfinished sites have been taken over by R&M Williams and yet, here they are with money to spend all of a sudden. I can't see many people who will be willing to work with them!
I'd still like to know how this is going ahead as Greenhill went into administration and were unable to pay their staff or contractors. Their unfinished sites have been taken over by R&M Williams and yet, here they are with money to spend all of a sudden. I can't see many people who will be willing to work with them! 10101010
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