Plans for homes near ancient woodland resubmitted
PLANS to build three homes near ancient woodland in Bridgend have been resubmitted a few months after they were withdrawn.
The outline planning application involves building three detached homes and garages on Briary Wood, Briary Way, Brackla.
It has been submitted by Homestyle Domiciliary Care.
The site forms part of the locally-designated ‘Trem- ains’ Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and is also registered as Ancient Semi Natural Woodland with the trees subject to Tree Preservation Orders (TPO).
Keith Hughes who has lived in the local area for 30 years and started a campaign against the plans has launched a new Save Briary Wood petition on inyourarea.co.uk.
He said: “People are extremely disappointed to see this application again.
“It’s a Christmas offering we certainly didn’t wish for.
“I think it’s about time Natural Resources Wales and Bridgend County Borough Council took note of the tree management plans in place and started protecting this woodland.”
Local resident Dan Esmond whose family home backs onto the site said neighbours had several concerns about the plans including fears that if the outline planning application was approved for three homes, more might be built at a later date.
He said: “The site contains a lot of protected trees.
“We ought to be keeping woodland rather than chopping them down.”
He said there were also concerns over the increased traffic on a private road, the lack of light in the area and the changing na- ture of a “very quiet area”.
The Woodland Trust formally objected to the earlier application submitted during the summer saying the development would cause significant damage to an important habitat.
However Natural Resources Wales recommended planning permission be granted if a condition relating to bats was made as part of the application
According to a tree survey commissioned by the applicant, the predominant species on the site are Ash, Sycamore, Hawthorn and Hazel.
The specialist said of the trees assessed on the site, the majority were “low quality and value”.
The planning application number is P/18/960/ OUT, a re-submission of P/18/381/OUT.
The closing date for objections is January 3.