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Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)
Attendance and Apologies/ Presenoldeb ac Ymddiheuriadau
Apologies were received from Councillors Stuart Ashley, Len
Constance, Veronica Crick and Louise Shepphard.
Declarations of interest/Datganiadau o fudd
The Principal Solicitor reminded Members that they needed to
complete the declaration of interest form in the attendance
register folder if they were declaring an interest in any
The following interests were declared:
- Councillor Steven
Evans declared a personal interest in agenda item 5 as Brecon
Beacons National Park Authority of which he was a member have
appointed him to sit on the outside body of Blaenavon Heritage
- Councillor Fay Jones
declared a personal interest in agenda item 6 as a Member of
Cwmbran Community Council who had been consulted on the
Minutes of Planning Committee - 20/08/2019/ Cofnodion Pwyllgor Cynllunio - 20/08/2019 PDF 421 KB
agreed that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on
20th August 2019 be confirmed as a correct
Planning Appeal -03/P/09336 / Apêl Cynllunio -03/P/09336 PDF 590 KB
Reclamation of former opencast
workings, recovery of secondary aggregates and construction of new
access road affecting Public Rights of Way (Amended scheme) at Land
at Tirpentwys, Hafodyrynys, Pontypool.
hen weithfeydd glo brig, adfeddiannu agregau eilradd ac adeiladu
ffordd mynediad yn effeithio ar Hawliau Tramwy Cyhoeddus (cynllun
diwygiedig) ar Dir yn Nhirpentwys, Hafodyrynys,
were pleased with the outcome and agreed to note the decision made
by the Planning Inspectorate.
Planning Application - 17/P/0795/FUL / Cais Cynllunio - 17/P/0795/FUL PDF 284 KB
Construction of 50 residential
units, car parking and landscaping and associated works at New Road
Farm, Varteg Road, Blaenavon, Pontypool.
Adeiladu 50 o unedau preswyl,
geir a gwaith tirwedd a
gwaith cysylltiol yn New Road
Farm, Varteg Road, Blaenafon,
The Principal Planner highlighted a number of corrections to the
report which included:
- Page 27 – The
Conservation Officers comments should state that they had no
objections subject to appropriate conditions being attached to the
- Page 28 – The
Highways Officers comments should state that ‘I would not
oppose this application from a highway
The Principal Planner showed photos and plans of the site and made
the following comments:
- Planning Committee
resolved to approve the current application subject to a Section
106 Agreement in February 2018.
- Discussions regarding
the Section 106 requirements have been ongoing and were almost
- Given the passage of
time since the previous Committee resolution to approve, a new
resolution is required to progress the Section 106.
- The application was
for 50 dwellings and the scheme remains largely the same as the
previous application. There was one key change to note which was the reduction in the length of the retaining wall
along the northern boundary of the site. Officers welcomed
the reduction as it would have less of a visual impact than the
previously approved scheme.
- The other changes
included the addition of gates to some pathways to the side of
properties in order to meet the requirements of the Police Secure
by Design Officer.
- The Section 106
remained the same as when the application was previously considered
- The scheme proposed a
high level of design in keeping with the character of
5.3 In response to
Member questions, Officers gave the following replies:
- Whilst no affordable
housing would be provided through the Section 106 on this part of
the wider site, 20 dwellings were being built to DQR standard and
it was understood a Registered Social Landlord would take these
- An area of public
open space ran through the site, there was also green space around
the periphery of the site and all the areas of green space would be
managed by a private company. There was a satisfactory level of
open space on the site which was in line with LDP Policy
- It was a steep site
and it was not possible to have a second vehicular access onto the
- The site has good
quality footways which were 1.8m wide which run through the site
north to south and linked both developments. The footways were
considered safe for children to use to get to school.
- The vehicular access
on the site was of a good quality.
- A condition was
proposed which requires a Landscaping Scheme to be submitted and
approved and a management company would be responsible for
maintaining the landscaping on the site.
- There were a number
of mature trees on the site which were being retained. The Section
106 would secure financial contributions for children’s play
and adult recreation facilities, subject to viability.
was noted that the financial contribution to children’s play
would be used for offsite improvements at Blaenavon Park and it was
asked how far away ...
view the full minutes text for item 5.
Planning Application - 19/P/0464/FUL / Cais Cynllunio - 19/P/0464/FUL PDF 544 KB
Construction of Solar Farm,
Land at Ty Coch , Hollybush Way, Ty
Adeiladu Fferm Solar, Tir yn Nh? Coch, Hollybush Way, T? Coch,
The Senior Planner showed Members photos and plans and made the
- Since the publication
of the agenda there had been a late objection from the owner of
land to the south of the site who believed that his land would
become landlocked if the development was to go ahead and he
considered it to be a bad commercial project.
- The proposed site was
5.37 hectares and was a former landfill site which stopped being
used for landfill in 1983. The site had been decommissioned with a
1m clay cap.
- Cwmbran Drive was to
the east of the site and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal was to
the west of the site which had a number of listed bridges
- The proposal was to
install 10,488 solar panels which would generate enough energy to
power a 1000 houses. The panels would be arranged in arrays which
would be 3.8m wide, 2.4m high and 40m long.
- In order to connect
to the National Grid there would need to be 16 inverter cabinets
installed on the site and a single substation.
- 16 CCTV cameras would
be located around the perimeter fence which would be 2.5m
- The site was enclosed
with existing vegetation and trees.
- There was a Public
Right of Way across the site which was proposed to be diverted
through a separate application.
- The site was
allocated in the LDP for employment use, however no businesses had
come forward to occupy the site due to the contamination on the
site which restricted employment or industrial development of the
site. The solar panels would have special foundations which would
be laid on top of the capping layer. The proposed use was
compatible with the industrial area to the north of the
- The proposal would
provide renewable energy and contribute to Welsh Governments target
of providing 70% of electricity by renewable sources by
- The mature trees on
site would be retained and would act as a screen between the site
and the surrounding area.
Members asked a series of questions and the following answers were
given by Officers:
- Survey works on the
site had been carried out and gas monitoring had been undertaken
and would continue to be monitored throughout the life of the solar
- The person who had
objected to the application had land near the site but did not live
near the site.
- The trees on the site
would be managed and maintained and the panels would be arranged
taking in to consideration any possible shadowing from the
- Officers had not
requested a photomontage as pre-application advice was sought and
the site was well screened.
- The ecological report
had been taken into consideration in the determination of the
application and appropriate conditions were attached to the
- The Public Right of
Way would be considered by a separate application. The Canal and
River Trusts proposals for a marina had not come forward yet and
may not progress but the footpath could be diverted ...
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