Homes bid for site of well-known A5 cafe

Bangor Mail - - News -

THE site of a cafe im­mor­talised in a pop­u­lar Welsh song could have six new homes built on it.

An­gle­sey coun­cil has re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for six dwellings at the site of the for­mer Lit­tle Chef in Gaer­wen, which has been shut for al­most 20 years.

The A5 road­side cafe was best known for inspiring the 1960s pop song “Caffi Gaer­wen” by An­gle­sey duo Tony ac Aloma.

Tony Jones, one half of the duo, was a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the cafe, with the song not­ing his fond­ness for sausage, egg and chips, served by the staff at the time: Pat, Janet, Elsi and Glen.

How­ever, the cafe shut at the turn of the cen­tury, and the site has since be­come an over­grown wasteland (pic­tured be­low).

The ap­pli­ca­tion, by Brian Pig­ott, in­cludes three two-bed­room ter­raced and three de­tached homes con­sist­ing of three bed­rooms, with one of the six homes to be mar­keted as af­ford­able.

The devel­op­ment site, if ap­proved, will also in­clude enough spa­ces for 12 cars with ad­di­tional garage park­ing.

Sim­i­lar plans were sub­mit­ted last year but were swiftly with­drawn by the ap­pli­cant af­ter is­sues arose.

Pre­pared by Owen Deven­port, the ap­pli­ca­tion says: “This re­vised pro­posal still makes use of pre­vi­ously de­vel­oped land for six res­i­den­tial dwellings, form­ing a devel­op­ment well suited within the locality in terms of its char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance.”

How­ever, the ap­pli­ca­tion has al­ready at­tracted some let­ters of op­po­si­tion, which say the ad­di­tional traf­fic would im­pact on road safety at Swn-yr-Engan and that the devel­op­ment would im­pact on the pri­vacy and value of nearby homes.

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