Plaid AM Urges Councillors Not To Approve Controversial Housing Scheme In Wake Of Wales-wide Green Belt Plans

14/08/2019

A  LAST MINUTE plea to block controversial plans for housing on green fields in Caerphilly has been made by a Plaid Cymru AM in the wake of  draft Wales-wide plans that would create a green belt.

The Draft National Development Framework, which proposes a green belt from Wentwood to Rudry, went out to consultation earlier this month.  If approved it would ensure the protection of land at Gwern y Domen, where plans for 600 homes are due to be considered by Caerphilly council’s planning committee later today.

 Delyth Jewell, Plaid Cymru AM for the South Wales East region, which covers Caerphilly County Borough, said: “I’m very glad to see that these draft plans would protect the green belt between Wentwood and Rudry. Timing is everything and it’s absolutely essential that plans to develop the land at Gwern y Domen do not go ahead before this consultation has closed.

“The council has declared a climate emergency. It is now under an obligation to act in a way that honours that declaration, and protecting our greenfield sites is central to that.

“It would be a catastrophe were the plans at Gwern y Domen to be rushed through when we are on the cusp of protecting the land through the new framework.”

Jayne Garland, who has been campaigning against the Gwern y Domen development for years, said: “Although a green belt strategy isn’t perfect by any means we should be putting protections on all our green spaces and robustly defending them.

“Agreeing to this development now would impinge on the success of national plans. I think Caerphilly Council and developers Persimmon know this, which is why they are trying to push through this development now.”