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More houses on the way for Tonyrefail?

April 14, 2015 7:24 PM

On Thursday yet another planning application for a substantial housing development in Tonyrefail goes to RCT Development Control Committee with a recommendation from officers that it be approved.

The report states that these issues will be addressed by careful planning, a significant up front investment in drainage and highways, and a requirement to provide money towards more school places.

There are several objections lodged, mostly from residents of Trane Lane. This now quiet lane will be replaced by a road, with around 60 mature oak trees being destroyed to make way for it. The conclusion in the Officer's report is that because it will only inconvenience a few people then the greater good must be taken into account - the greater good being the need to provide more houses.

I no longer sit on the planning committee and so am free to comment, but if I did then I would have several questions and serious concerns about this plan.

Tonyrefail has seen a huge explosion in the number of houses in the area in recent years without, residents would argue, a comparable rise in the amenities in the area. This development will put more strain on local health services for example.

It also raises more questions about the Council's long term education strategy. The Education Department say that an extra 220 school places may be needed, but where will these pupils go?

With regard to Highways there is already a substantial amount of traffic travelling down from the Tonyrefail / Gilfach area and onto the A4119 as it is, an extra 600 houses is going to make it very difficult for rush hour travellers.

Mike Powell