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Homes plan up in the air

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build more than 350 new homes in Llanelli are still up in the air.

Llanelli Rural Council has objected to proposals to build 355 new houses at the site of the former Stradey Park rugby ground for a second time.

The plans came before the council's planning committee on Monday after developers Taylor Wimpey applied for a three-year extension to their planning time limit.

Under current planning regulations, once permission is granted work on a development must start within a certain period of time.

But now the company has been forced to apply to vary this condition due to delays caused by ongoing legal proceedings relating to the development.

Campaigners forced the matter to a judicial review after concerns over the impact of the development on drainage, sewers, flooding, pollution and traffic in the area.

The final decision whether to allow the time limit extension will be made by Carmarthenshire Council.

Voted

Hengoed ward councillor Sian Caiach, who also sits on the rural council planning committee, said the committee voted unanimously to object to the plans.

"The rural council have never been for this," she said.

"We have objected to it on all grounds.

"The rural council are just a statutory consultee so their views will be put to the county councillors on the planning committee.

"They are the ones who decide. I think our views very much reflect the views of the local residents.

"They have had chronic flooding problems.

"I think it's absolutely outrageous to pass planning permission for a site which would cause increased flooding to surrounding homes."

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey South Wales said: "We continue to work closely with all relevant parties regarding the future of Parc y Strade and we are confident that our proposals will meet the requirements set out by the council.

"However, due to ongoing legal proceedings, we are unable to make any further comment at this time."

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