Plans for homes near an­cient wood­land re­sub­mit­ted

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

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.

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