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New Llanfair homes a step nearer

Created on 15/07/2020 @ 12:44
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Plans for three homes in Llanfair Caereinion have been approved in principle by Powys planners.

But before it can be built, a more detailed planning application will be needed for the development at Tanyfron, Broncafnent Lane.

Giving the three houses the go ahead is supposed to allow for a bigger development at the site to take place in the future.

There are also significant concerns about road safety which also need to be addressed by the applicants. However, part of this may be solved as a children’s nursery near the site, which looked after up to 12 children a day, has now closed.

In the decision report, Powys County Council’s planning professional lead, Peter Morris, said: “It is suggested that a scheme of the scale proposed is required to bring forward development on the remainder of the site.

“Whilst this has not been fully justified with regards to viability, it is considered that there is sufficient information with the application to indicate that this is the first of two phases of development and thus is acceptable in principle. The main constraint to the development is highway safety.”

Mr Morris explained that the site had been allocated into the county Local Development Plan, (LDP) on the basis that access to the lane would be improved.

Welsh Government planning inspectors had dismissed appeals for other planning applications nearby because of issues with the “particularly dangerous junction”.

The junction is near a corner of the B4389 road that goes on to Newtown, and is nearly opposite a turning for Watergate Street which eventually leads to Carno.

Mr Morris added that no highway improvements for the junction were proposed in these plans, but the closure of Tanyfron nursery was seen as a “trade-off” for the number of journeys to and from the site.

Mr Morris said: “It is suggested that this would result in no significant additional highway safety harm through the use of the severely substandard junction. The objections from the Local Highway Authority are noted and have been taken into account.”

Mr Morris said that he approved the application.

Llanfair Caereinion Town Council had discussed the application back in January.

Councillors backed the application on the proviso that the issues with the road visibility and junction would be sorted out.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter

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