LRM planning are pleased to have helped secure consent, subject to legal agreement and conditions, for 31 affordable homes at The Rhos industrial estate off Bedwas Road in Caerphilly on behalf of Harmoni Homes.
Rhys Jones, Planner at LRM, made his first committee presentation, speaking in favour of the proposed development and the provision of much needed affordable homes.
The highways officer objected to the shortfall of car parking spaces. This was countered by the site’s sustainable location and credentials, together with the design of the scheme and its contribution to the placemaking agenda. It demonstrated that the proposed development would be a suitably designed and appropriate addition to the streetscape in this location. Significant weight was given to the sustainability of the scheme and, on balance, the officer supported the application.
Following the decision, Rhys said:
“We are delighted members voted unanimously favour of the proposed development, which is credit to the hard work of the development team and the LPA Officers.
“An objection from the Transportation Engineering Manager was overcome with members recognising the sustainability credentials of the site and scheme.
“It was encouraging that members recognise the need to move away from car-based developments in line with national policy, placing a greater emphasis on placemaking and sustainable transport.”
The development will make use of brownfield site that currently comprises of light industrial units in various states of repair, to provide a residential development more in keeping with the surrounding context. In general terms, the holistic design of the layout seeks to exemplify the placemaking principles that course through the themes of PPW, via the variety in scale and form proposed; landscaping; sustainable drainage features; interrelationship of homes with the spaces around; and relationship with the existing context.
The contemporary and attractive architecture is by C2J Architects, with engineering input by Austin Partnership. Lime Transport Planning provided highway input, Ecological Services Wales managed biodiversity, with Treescene providing tree survey work and Amalgam landscape designed the landscaping scheme. JBA advised on flood risk and Terra Firma carried out site investigation works. Blake Morgan are acting as employers’ agent.
The whole development team are very grateful to the Local Planning Authority and its consultees for their support and hard work in achieving this outcome.