Safety con­cerns as scheme for 70 houses is given go-ahead

South Wales Evening Post - - COMMUNITY - RICHARD YOULE @Youle­post • 01792 545553 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

PLANS for 70 houses in Clydach have been ap­proved, in what one coun­cil­lor claimed was “the most dan­ger­ous area” in the Swansea Val­ley town.

Clydach ward mem­ber Paulette Smith, who is also on Swansea Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, said she had road safety con­cerns about the hous­ing scheme at Bryn Hawd­dgar due to its prox­im­ity to two schools.

Coun­cil­lor Smith added she was wor­ried about the devel­op­ment’s po­ten­tial im­pact on drainage.

The scheme, which al­ready had out­line con­sent, will de­liver 38 fourbed­room houses, 26 three-bed ones and six two-bed­room ones. Eight of the prop­er­ties will be af­ford­able.

The ap­pli­cant - the trustees of MLT David Set­tle­ment - has agreed to fund ed­u­ca­tion and road im­prove­ments to­talling more than £227,000.

Coun­cil­lor Smith, who is also a mem­ber of Swansea Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, said at a meet­ing of the com­mit­tee that a “safer route to school” scheme was badly needed in Clydach.

Re­fer­ring to the Bryn Hawd­dgar site, which is ad­ja­cent to YGG Gel­lion­nen, she said: “It is the most dan­ger­ous area in Cy­dach. We are con­cerned about safety of chil­dren.

“We need a safer route to school. We can­not wait any longer.” The com­mit­tee was told that the de­vel­oper’s fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions will be trig­gered at de­fined points dur­ing con­struc­tion and oc­cu­pa­tion of the houses, but that the money could not be used to ad­dress an ex­ist­ing road safety is­sue.

Mem­bers heard a third of the 5.5 hectare site would be re­tained as open space, and a kids’ play area would be pro­vided.

Ac­cess will be from Bryn Hawd­dgar and Tany­coed Road, and this will be ex­tended to form a spine road through the es­tate.

Clydach Com­mu­nity Coun­cil sub­mit­ted a list of con­cerns and rec­om­men­da­tions about the ap­pli­ca­tion to the plan­ning au­thor­ity, while Welsh Wa­ter said it did not op­pose the scheme sub- ject to the de­vel­oper com­ply­ing with a drainage con­di­tion. Speak­ing after the com­mit­tee unan­i­mously ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion, Coun­cil­lor Smith said she and fel­low Clydach coun­cil­lor Gor­don Walker were con­tribut­ing £12,000 each from their com­mu­nity bud­gets to­wards a safer routes to school scheme, adding the com­mu­nity coun­cil was also con­tribut­ing £12,000.

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