Safety fears as 30 new homes are approved

By Mike Lewis in Planning

PLANS for 30 affordable homes in Fishguard were rubber-stamped by county planners on Tuesday morning – but not before a local councillor warned of possible traffic and drainage problems at the Penwallis site.

Cllr Myles Pepper said water running down the hill could be “absolutely torrential” and called for a footpath and 20mph speed zone to be incorporated into the Wales and West Housing Association’s application.

However, the scheme was warmly welcomed by fellow Fishguard councillor Pat Davies who said there was “an urgent need” for such affordable homes within the community.

“Our young people deserve to have decent housing and this will meet their requirements,” she told colleagues on Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee.

“This will also have a positive economic impact on our area as I’m sure local builders will be used during the construction of this site.”

Planning officer Ceri Jones said the full planning application for the 1.5 hectares of agricultural grazing land involved mainly two-storey homes with a few split-level dwellings.

“Pembrokeshire County Council own the land and there’s a need for affordable housing in Fishguard,” he added.

However, Cllr Pepper disclosed he had reservations about the scheme as did a number of local people.

“Water running down that hill can be absolutely torrential at times and we need to look at the road drains,” he said. “With a site like this going ahead there’s clearly going to be an increase in traffic.”

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