460 homes will be built on field site

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A 460-HOME devel­op­ment at Tal­bot Green that at­tracted hun­dreds of ob­jec­tions in an on­line pe­ti­tion has been given plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The 50-acre res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment at Cefn yr Hendy will be built by Tal­bot Green De­vel­op­ments (TGDL), a joint ven­ture be­tween Cromwell Prop­erty Group and Scar­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Prop­er­ties (SIPL).

TGDL is the over­all devel­op­ment and project man­ager for the site on be­half of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment. The grant­ing of plan­ning con­sent fol­lows two years of work with Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil to de­velop the pro­pos­als.

The plan­ning con­sent cov­ers the devel­op­ment of 460 new homes, rang­ing from one-bed apart­ments up to five-bed­room houses, as part of a co­or­di­nated mas­ter­plan that is in­tended to en­sure the pro­vi­sion of pub­lic open space and play ar­eas as well as re­tain­ing the ex­ist­ing ma­ture land­scape.

The con­sent also in­cludes per­mis­sion for a com­mu­nity re­tail devel­op­ment, a site for a pri­mary school and en­hance­ments to the lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

The res­i­den­tial scheme is part of a broader project be­ing de­vel­oped by TGDL, which in­cludes the devel­op­ment of a new £200m Tal­bot Green town cen­tre with a new re­tail and leisure of­fer as part of a broader re­gen­er­a­tion of the town.

Ini­tial pro­pos­als for the town cen­tre, which re­ceived out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion in De­cem­ber 2014, cover the cre­ation of more than 300,000 sq ft of new re­tail, leisure and com­mer­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion, new civic and pub­lic realm, im­proved pub­lic trans­port in­ter­changes and 1,800 park­ing spa­ces.

In­fra­struc­ture works for the first phase of the scheme were com­pleted in Jan­uary.

Sains­bury’s is al­ready con­firmed as the scheme’s an­chor ten­ant with plans for a 116,000 sq ft store, and TGDL is in pre-let dis­cus­sions with a range of re­tail­ers to en­sure a com­ple­men­tary re­tail of­fer­ing at the site.

Prop­erty agents Lun­son Mitchenall and EJ Hales are to se­cure a di­verse mix of re­tail­ers and leisure op­er­a­tors to meet the needs of the ex­pand­ing pop­u­la­tion in the area.

Ear­lier this year an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing on the coun­cil to stop the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion re­ceived around 450 sig­na­tures.

The pe­ti­tion, launched by Res­i­dents of Cefn Yr Hendy, said: “These fields at Cefn Yr Hendy are used heav­ily for recre­ational use by dog walk­ers and young fam­i­lies alike and are some of the very few green fields we have left in the lo­cal­ity.

“The ex­ist­ing res­i­dents of this com­mu­nity will be se­verely over­looked by this pro­posal and will also lose their pri­vacy. The cur­rent pro­posal is not sym­pa­thetic enough to the ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties that it bor­ders, with high level den­si­ties of houses near to the ex­ist­ing de­vel­op­ments.”

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