Hous­ing scheme has to wait for dormice to stop sleep­ing

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Richard Youle 01792 545553 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

A DE­VEL­OP­MENT of large de­tached houses has been given the goa­head near Cross Hands, but con­struc­tion work can’t take place while dormice are asleep.

The 20 houses, plus two semi-de­tached af­ford­able ones, are to be built on land off Bron yr Ynn, Drefach, di­ag­o­nally op­po­site the pri­mary school.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee gave the scheme out­line con­sent by 10 votes to four, with three ab­sten­tions.

The com­mit­tee heard the devel­oper will keep ex­ist­ing bushes and trees along the east­ern bound­ary for dormice, which are a pro­tected species, and must abide by the terms of a Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales li­cence. A plan­ning of­fi­cer said: “These dor- mice sleep dur­ing the win­ter, so noth­ing can take place dur­ing the win­ter as they will be hi­ber­nat­ing.”

The of­fi­cer said dormice boxes would be pro­vided dur­ing con­struc­tion to try to en­sure the crea­tures didn’t bolt when work even­tu­ally gets un­der way.

Con­cerns were raised by coun­cil­lors that the es­tate would give rise to a “rat run” by cre­at­ing a short cut be­tween two main roads – Heol Blaen­hir­waun and Heol Cwm­mawr – but they were ad­vised that “ac­cess only” signs would be in­stalled, mean­ing that any­one us­ing the route as a rat run would be break­ing the law.

In ad­di­tion, Bron yr Ynn is to be widened and a new pave­ment in­stalled, and res­i­dents’ park­ing pro­vided. Traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures are also pro­posed for Heol Blaen­hir­waun.

The new es­tate is on land al­lo­cated for de­vel­op­ment in the county’s lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

It will have a spine road, adopted by the coun­cil, and smaller non-adopted cul-de-sacs.

The devel­oper must make a £13,000 ed­u­ca­tion con­tri­bu­tion, plus an­other sum to­wards open spa­ces, as part of a plan­ning agree­ment with the au­thor­ity.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for the houses prompted 20 let­ters of ob­jec­tion, with con­cerns also raised by Gorslas Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and ward coun­cil­lors Dar­ren Price and Aled Vaughan Owen.

Ad­dress­ing the com­mit­tee, Mr Owen said: “We don’t think the new junc­tion next to the pri­mary school is suit­able.”

Some com­mit­tee mem­bers said they weren’t happy with the cre­ation of a new link be­tween the two main roads, and wanted to be sure a new junc­tion with Heol Blaen­hir­waun would be safe, par­tic­u­larly as quarry lor­ries used it.

A high­ways of­fi­cer said a speed bump would be in­stalled on Heol Blaen­hir­waun near an ex­ist­ing 20mph sign.

He added: “If you want flash­ing lights, we can put them in as well.”

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Pic­ture: Hat­tie Spray/PTES

A sleep­ing dor­mouse.

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