Fury at col­lege pro­posal for ho­tel and 150 homes

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PLANS to build a new restau­rant, ho­tel and more than 150 new homes as part of a rad­i­cally ex­panded col­lege cam­pus, have been slammed by an­gry lo­cals.

Grwp Llan­drillo Me­nai has sub­mit­ted an out­line plan­ning bid for a new £10m en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre and as­so­ci­ated de­vel­op­ments on the out­skirts of Llangefni on Anglesey.

As well as gear­ing up a new gen­er­a­tion of nu­clear work­ers for the pro­posed Wylfa Newydd plant, the ho­tel and restau­rant unit would be used to train cater­ing staff for busi­nesses across Anglesey.

But ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents liv­ing just yards away from the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment site, the plans would cause great prob­lems in the area.

David Wright said: “There’s been very lit­tle pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing Co­leg Me­nai’s plans, and not many peo­ple even know about it.

“We’re not against the build­ing of the en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre to pro­vide train­ing for young peo­ple, al­though Wylfa Newydd is far from a cer­tainty yet.

“But the main concern is us­ing swathes of land to build houses and a ho­tel, leav­ing lit­tle room for fur­ther ex­pan­sion of t the col­lege.

“Apart from the con­struc­tion phase, it’s hard to see how many new jobs will be cre­ated. And al­though there is a de­mand for more hous­ing, it would also cre­ate m more strain on lo­cal ameni­ties.

“The pri­mary schools are al­ready full and health­care fa­cil­i­ties are strug­gling to cope as it is.”

Mr Wright also raised con­cerns on the po­ten­tial im­pact on wildlife, with the de­struc­tion of hedgerows re­duc­ing the habi­tat of bats, feed­ing birds and red squir­rels.

Con­struc­tion of a new link road, con­nect­ing the col­lege cam­pus with the A55, is al­ready un­der­way.

But ac­cord­ing to Dr Ian J Rees of Grwp Llan­drillo Me­nai, the pro­posed de­vel­op­ments at the site will bring a range of ben­e­fits to Llangefni.

“Giv­ing young peo­ple the skills they need for good em­ploy­ment, along the avail­abil­ity of af­ford­able hous­ing lo­cally, is an ex­cel­lent recipe for a more vi­brant econ­omy and sus­tain­able lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

The 60-room, two-storey ho­tel would be build ad­ja­cent to the restau­rant, with a car park ca­pa­ble of hold­ing 170 cars.

Both would be open for the gen­eral pub­lic as well as those vis­it­ing the cam­pus.

While the col­lege pro­poses that half of the homes will be des­ig­nated as af­ford­able or for rent, the plans also in­clude pro­vi­sion of pub­lic open space in­clud­ing a wood­land area, chil­dren’s play area and ad­di­tional park­ing for the nearby Ys­gol y Graig pri­mary school.

The out­line plans have been sub­mit­ted to Anglesey Coun­cil and will be dis­cussed in the new year.

David Wright and (in­set) fel­low pro­tes­tors against the pro­posed Grwp Llan­drillo Me­nai cam­pus in Llangefni

How the new £10m en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre would look

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