Residents’ Group Opposes Proposals for 150 Homes in Llanrhos
Proposals that could see up to 150 homes built in Llanrhos have been slammed by a residents’ group.
The Llanrhos Local Residents’ Group have written to councillors in opposition to the plans for land off Pentywyn Road and Bryn Lupus Road.
Conwy Council is currently consulting the public over its new replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP), which governs what can be built and where from late 2024/early 2025.
Conwy is in the middle of a housing crisis, and five sites have been set aside for significant development, including Llanrhos.
But residents in Llanrhos claim they have already made it clear the homes are unwanted, after proposals for a new school and homes met significant objection four years ago.
Local resident Keith Harries has lived in the village for over 30 years and represented the residents’ group.
“The land is farmland at the moment,” he said.
“It protects the village of Llanrhos from the boundary with Deganwy and Llandudno.
“If they go for 150 homes, they’re going to increase the size of the village by 65%. Residents don’t want it. It is on green wedge land. Once you start lifting green wedge land, it is possibly going to open the floodgates to development.
“It is a small village. This is going to alter the demography, and this is going to extend the boundaries between Deganwy and Llanrhos. There will only be a football pitch-sized gap. It will very much destroy the character of the area.”
He added: “In 2019, at two local roadshows, council planning officers were selling this development to local residents, stating that there was a need to move Deganwy school to a new site in Llanrhos and that a housing development would offset some of the cost of a new school.
“There were 1,130 objections lodged with the planning department.”
A spokeswoman for Conwy County Council said: “The site is a potential allocation in the Replacement LDP.
“The LDP process takes several years to complete and will not be in place until late 2024/early 2025.
“This is an opportunity for residents to have early input into potential sites so that their views can be incorporated before site details are drawn up.
“In response to feedback that the community wanted to get involved as soon as they could, these engagement events are in addition to the standard LDP stages and consultation.
“Further formal consultation with the public will take place next year on the Replacement LDP strategy, policies, and sites.”
For more information about the RLDP and the workshops being held, visit: https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Spotlight/Press-Releases
By Richard Evans – Local Democracy Reporter
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