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PONTYPRIDD’s MP & AM OPPOSE ‘UNSAFE AND UNSUSTAINABLE’ COEDELY DEVELOPMENT

Written by on 17th April 2020

Alex Davies-Jones, Member of Parliament for Pontypridd and Assembly Member Mick Antoniw have joined forces with local residents to oppose a 76-home development in Coedely.

The planning application, which was refused by RCT Council’s Planning Committee last year is currently being considered by Planning Inspectorate Wales as part of the appeals process.  Alex Davies-Jones and Mick Antoniw have lodged a joint submission to Planning Inspectorate Wales opposing the application.

Alex Davies-Jones said:

“We believe that RCT Council’s Planning Committee were absolutely right to refuse planning permission and we continue to support local residents in opposing this development, which is clearly unsustainable.

“We are particularly concerned about safety issues that have been identified.  The proposed emergency access for example, makes use of a single-track lane, which is completely unsatisfactory.  This development poses a real safely risk, not just to new residents, but to those already living in nearby homes.”  

Mick Antoniw said:

“In addition to safety concerns, we believe that this development fails to meet sustainability criteria, particularly in respect of access to public transport and the impact that an increased population will have on existing healthcare services.” 

“Taff Ely has seen numerous large-scale planning applications over the last five years and we have opposed all those that are unsustainable.  Recently, working with local residents we have seen some success, with proposed developments in Efail Isaf and Llantwit Fardre being successfully opposed.  Our aim is to work with people in Coedely to achieve the same outcome.”

Commenting on the potential impact on local healthcare services, Dr Darren Lloyd, Managing Partner at the Park Lane Surgery said:

“Our practise currently has 10,000 registered patients.  Recent housing developments have pushed capacity to the limit and any further additional demand will inevitably have a detrimental effect of waiting times and access to healthcare services.”