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Talbot Green new town development given green light

February 28, 2013 11:52 PM

The application for the 'new town' development in Talbot Green was passed by RCT Council's development control committee this evening, 28th February.

The two Labour Councillors for Pontyclun spoke in opposition to the proposal before leaving the Chamber having declared an interest - they were previously members of an action group against the development. A minority of Labour Councillors from the Pontypridd area voted against or abstained, but the rest gave the proposal their full backing - some with no regard for the effect it would have on town centres in their own wards.

Despite strong opposition from Aberdare traders Cllr Mike Forey backed the plans "without hesitation" whilst his Labour colleague and Tonyrefail representative Eudine Hanagan announced that "Tonyrefail can hold its own against this." This despite stating that the extra traffic generated would have "quite an impact."

Mountain Ash Councillor Andrew Morgan said that whilst he noted the objections of the Chamber of Trade he didn't see that it would affect businesses in the Cynon Valley, although he could see how it may affect those closer to the development. Obviously they do not matter to the Labour Cabinet.

Tonypandy's Craig Middle left the Chamber before the vote saving him the embarrassment of choosing whether or not to vote with his Cabinet colleagues in favour of a proposal that the Council's own report says would adversely affect trade in Tonypandy.

For some reason Plaid appeared to have boycotted the meeting - not a single Plaid Councillor was present.

The proposal will now have to be referred to the Minister for Environment and Sustainability for final decision - although this would not be the case for any new proposals submitted in recent months this application has been ongoing prior to the change in regulations last year and so falls under the former guidelines.