Con­tro­ver­sial homes plan for an­cient wood­land with­drawn

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

PLANS to build three homes near an­cient wood­land in Brid­gend have been with­drawn.

The out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in­volved build­ing three de­tached homes and garages on Bri­ary Wood, Bri­ary Way, Brackla.

The plans had sparked out­rage among resi- dents liv­ing nearby who launched a cam­paign to save the wood­land.

The site forms part of the lo­cally-des­ig­nated Tre­mains Site of Im­por­tance for Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion and is also reg­is­tered as An­cient Semi Nat­u­ral Wood­land with the trees sub­ject to Tree Preser­va­tion Or­ders (TPO).

The Wood­land Trust for­mally ob­jected to the ap­pli­ca­tion say­ing the devel­op­ment would cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to an im­por­tant habi­tat.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales rec­om­mended plan­ning per­mis­sion be granted but only if a con­di­tion re­lat­ing to bats was made as part of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

It said fur­ther sur­veys would be re­quired if any prun­ing or re­moval of trees was to be car­ried out due to some trees having a “mod­er­ate po­ten­tial” for roost­ing bats.

The ap­pli­ca­tion – P/18/381/OUT – was with­drawn by the agent Vale Plan­ning on Septem­ber 5.

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