THE MP and MP for Aberconwy, along with a Llandudno resident and councillor, have shared their reactions to the rejection of a request to build 49 houses on green space in Llandudno.
Anwyl Homes’ proposal for 49 new homes, 17 of which would have been affordable, was submitted for land forming part of a registered historic landscape, on the corner of Bodafon Road and Nant-y-Gamar Road, Craig-y-Don , next to the Ysgol Y Gogarth and Llys Gogarth residences.
At a meeting on March 9, following a site visit the previous day, members of Conwy County Borough Council’s planning committee voted 6-5 in favor of rejecting the application, with one abstention.
Arguments against the development at the planning meeting included the impact it will have on road congestion, as well as at Ysgol Y Gogarth, a school for pupils with special educational needs aged 3-19.
Proponents of the development suggested it would alleviate Conwy’s housing crisis and had no impact on equality, transport or the environment.
Janet Finch-Saunders, Aberconwy MS, expressed her delight at the news, after writing three letters outlining the planning policy of why the estate should not be given the green light.
She said: ‘Anwyl should have focused on building homes in West Shore rather than submitting an application for Craig-y-Don which caused considerable distress.
“I believe there are many examples of planning policy areas where enforcement is in breach, such as the mix of market housing types; the need to protect and, where appropriate, enhance cultural and heritage assets; possible impact on archaeological interests; shortage of parking spaces; no provision of charging stations for electric vehicles; the potential impact on Ysgol Y Gogarth and Llys Gogarth; and access to Ysgol Bodafon.
“I would like to thank the members of the planning committee who supported the residents and democratically elected representatives of Aberconwy, from the city council to the Welsh Parliament, in voting to refuse permission for this development.
“Members who rejected the nomination voted in the best interest of the youngest and most vulnerable in society.”
Robin Millar, MP for Aberconwy, added: “I’m glad the voice of the locals has been heard.
“There’s a really vibrant community here in Llandudno so it’s important that the council keep their development plans under review to ensure we get the right accommodation in the right place at the right time.”
Gareth Pritchard, a resident of Rhiwledyn, Llandudno, was also delighted with the news.
Mr Pritchard had previously written a joint letter with his wife, who both worked in the teaching profession, to Iwan Davies, chief executive of the council, highlighting other concerns such as the impact on wildlife in the area.
He said: “I am extremely satisfied; refusal will be welcomed by many.
“Students and staff at Ysgol Y Gogarth will benefit from a better environment. The traffic problems on Nant-y-Gamar Road, which are bad enough at the moment, will not get worse.
“Good quality agricultural land will be preserved. My worries about wildlife preservation will be less; oystercatchers and curlews are a pleasure to watch.
“Where could you possibly get such a magnificent view as we have of the bay and town as we travel from the Little Orme area to Llandudno?
“Hopefully it will be preserved for future generations.”
Similarly, Councilor Anthony Bertola, of Craig-y-Don ward of Llandudno City Council, said: ‘I am pleased, on behalf of local residents, in terms of the initial disruption and the environmental changes this may cause, on which has traditionally been an open field for many years.
“You must be happy for that; we obviously didn’t want the disruption at this point.
There was no one available for comment from Anwyl when he was approached.
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