Controversial homes plan for ancient woodland withdrawn
PLANS to build three homes near ancient woodland in Bridgend have been withdrawn.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The application – P/18/381/OUT – was withdrawn by the agent Vale Planning on September 5.