Residents campaign against housing plans
Angry residents have warned that part of north coast of Conwy could become one big housing estate if a new development plan gets the go-ahead.
Residents in Llanrhos have set up a petition against the plans that has gathered over 1,000 signatures.
They fear that the council’s proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) would see 250 homes built in the village.
The LDP masterplan for development sets a target of building 5,150 new homes by 2033, and lays out where they should be built in the county.
The plan also sets out a target of having 1,800 affordable homes, equiavelent to 120 a year built during the period of the LDP.
One upset resident, Steve Rogers, set up the petition calling on councillors to remove Llanrhos from the LDP and protect the green wedge of land that has been proposed as the site for future developments.
He said: “The principle is very simple, all the land between Deganwy and Llandudno, both sides of the B5115 and all the way down is under green wedge protection, which was set up in 1982 to stop the area just becoming one enormous conurbation from Conwy River to Llandudno Prom.
“I understand there have been numerous attempts to develop that land over the years but those protections have prevented that. I think that protection should be maintained.”
He added: “The sense of outrage amongst the population is palpable, people really are very upset about this. But it will be a matter for the councillors, they can vote to maintain this protection, and their predecessors always have done so, we think they should continue to do so.”
Another resident who did not want to be named said: “Without the Llanrhos green buffer, we are much closer to being one featureless housing estate stretching from the Junction to Llandudno.”
The plans would see 250 homes, offices and a primary school built on the land between Llandudno and Llandudno Junction.
One of the area’s county councillor, Sam Cotton, said there was a lot of opposition locally: “I am aware that there is considerable concern locally about the prospect of development on those fields.”
By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter
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