PLANS for a 144-home development next to the M4 looks set for the green light, despite objections from residents and a community council.

Planning officers have recommended a reserved matters application for housing at Rockfield Farm in Undy is approved by Monmouthshire councillors next week.

The application is for the first phase of a development for up to 266 homes at the site, which has already received outline planning permission.

But 19 letters of objections have been submitted, as well as concerns voiced from Rogiet Community Council.

The community council has recommended refusal "on the grounds of overdevelopment of the whole area including lack of infrastructure and amenities."

Magor and Undy Community Council has called for a roundabout at the entrance of the site to slow down traffic entering Undy to be considered.

Objectors say there is insufficient infrastructure for the size of the development, while concerns over traffic issues and parking have been raised.

Meanwhile a letter of support says the development would provide "desperately needed" affordable housing.

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Thirty-six of the homes are allocated as affordable, equating to 25 per cent of the development.

These are made up of 12 one-bedroom flats, 16 two-bedroom houses, seven three-bedroom houses and a four-bedroom house spread over the 5.4 hectare site located between the Rockfield Grove housing estate and the M4.

The private homes consist of six two-bedroom houses, 43 three-bedroom houses and 59 four-bedroom houses.

Parking will be provided by a combination of garages, parking spaces and driveways.

A new junction on the B4245 will provide the main access to the first phase of the development.

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Although concerns have been raised about increased traffic, a council report says the impact on the B4245 and key junctions would be 'minimal.'

The council's education department has also said there is capacity in the area for the development.

Recommending approval, the council report says: "It is considered that the development has been designed to make efficient use of the land whilst providing appropriate play and open space areas, and the design, layout and finish of the site as a whole would be in keeping with the locality."

The plans will be decided by Monmouthshire County Council's planning committee next Tuesday, February 5.