Campaigners opposed to a new housing estate in Llangollen have reacted with dismay to the news that the development has been given the go ahead.
Denbighshire County Council’s Planning Committee today approved the plans by Castlemead Homes to build 95 houses on Vicarage Hill, on the southern side of Llangollen town.
Plaid Cymru’s Mabon ap Gwynfor, who has spoken out against the development proposals since they were first put forward earlier this year, said: “There are many families in the Llangollen area who want decent housing that meet their needs. Only 10% of the houses proposed for this site will be affordable, which is absurdly low. This is not a development to answer local needs but instead allows the developer to profit handsomely without regard for the community.
“This has once again shown that the planning process is firmly in favour of developers and not the community.
“Planning in Wales needs a complete root-and-branch review. If this development had been refused the developer would have had a right to appeal. Communities however do not have the same right. There is no appeals process for our communities, which is fundamentally wrong.”