Stop dumping earth on former golf course, council officials tell land owner

23/03/2018

Councillors Mike Prew and Phil Bevan

Caerphilly council has told the owners of a former golf course, where 350 homes are planned, to stop dumping earth and waste after the intervention of a Plaid Cymru councillor.

Councillor Phil Bevan, who represents Morgan Jones ward, contacted council officials after complaints to him and former Plaid Cymru county councillor Mike Prew by local residents.

Planning consultants Barton Willmore applied last year  on behalf GHR Developments Ltd, to develop the former Caerphilly Golf Course in Virginia Park, off Pontygwindy Road, but has not received planning permission. It wants to build 350 homes on the land but local residents are totally opposed to the scheme.

In an email to council officials, Councillor Bevan said: “Residents have drawn my attention to the transport of waste material and earth, mainly earth onto the site. The roads approaching the golf club have been very muddy but appear to have been partially cleaned since the complaint came in.

“As planning (permission) has not been approved, and hopefully will not be approved, is the dumping of a very large amount of earth, pre-judging the planning decision? I believe the owners or whoever is dumping the earth and mixed material, has to have a licence to do so.”

Responding, Tim Stephens, Development Control Manager said: “We have advised the land owners not to carry out any further dumping of material.”

Councillor Bevan said: “I understand that dumping had taken place over a number of days and I believe this is an attempt by the owners to start infrastructure works before a decision has been made over the planning application.  This is totally unacceptable.”

Mike Prew, a Caerphilly town councillor, added: “This is an attempt to run roughshod over the planning process. People who put in planning applications are expected to follow the rules and so should developers.”