PLANS for a 29-home development in Cwmbran, which would include much-needed supported living accommodation, could be given the green light next week.

St Ilan Developments and Melin Homes are behind the plans to build 10 houses, 12 apartments and seven supported living homes on land off Llantarnam Road.

Officers have recommended the 100 per cent affordable housing development is approved when it comes before the council's planning committee on Tuesday, October 16.

But concern has been raised around surveillance of the site, and whether anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping could arise.

The council's architectural liaison officer writes: "Although I do not object to the development, I do have reservations concerning the design.

"My concerns primarily are around the rear access pathway that runs the entire length of the 10 houses shown on the site plan.

"The area has little to no surveillance, and I feel would become an area for potential ASB/fly tipping."

The land is located in a Site of Important Nature Conservation (SINC), designated for its grasslands.

However, woodland and a stream on the site will be retained in the plans, while around one third of grassland will be kept

A woodland management plan is also being proposed to help protect trees along Cwmbran Brook, at the rear of the site.

Torfaen council's housing officer said he "fully supports the scheme."

The officer says there is a "significant need" for supported living housing.

The site will provide onsite care and support 24-hours a day.

"This provision will be used to support individuals to maintain independence whilst being able to have the care and support they require," the council report adds.