PLANS for a development to build 49 homes in a Llandudno greenspace were given conditional approval a month after they were initially rejected.
Anwyl Homes ’proposal is for these homes, 17 of which will be affordable, to be built at the corner of Bodafon Road and Nant-y-Gamar Road, Craig-y-Don.
This land, which is part of a registered historic landscape, is also based next to Ysgol Y Gogarth, a school for students with special educational needs between three and 19, and its residence at rest, Llys Gogarth.
Prior to today’s meeting, the committee considered giving permission to plan the condition of the application.
At a meeting yesterday (April 20), members of the Conwy County Borough Council planning committee voted 5-2 in favor of the recommendation, with two abstentions.
This came after Anwyl provided additional evidence regarding the impact on educational and environmental service standards the school currently enjoys, after the committee voted 6-5 in favor of rejecting the application on March 9th.
It is subject to further consideration of the most recent revised plan and additional information on the noise impact, and to meeting other planning obligations to the satisfaction of the Development and Building Control Manager within eight weeks.
Anwyl Homes has submitted additional information to address this issue, including:
• A Boundary Treatment Plan.
• A response to the Equality Impact Assessment – Plan Sections.
• An Addendum to Noise Analysis.
Previously, calls to reject the application have centered on the potential wildlife and land hazards in Bodafon Fields, its impact on road congestion, and its impact on Ysgol Y Gogarth.
Aberconwy MS, Janet Finch-Saunders, has also written four separate letters to the council in the last nine months in opposition to the development.
The Llandudno Town Council also recommended a denial, on the grounds that:
• The overload of the highway network on Nant-y-Gamar Road, which will exacerbate existing traffic issues in the area.
• The impact on wildlife and loss of habitat for the curlew, a bird species.
• The impact on Ysgol Y Gogarth and on the health, well-being and safety of students during construction and when completed.
• Concerns about surface water management and the potential for further flooding of existing wetlands.
Mike Parry, speaking at the meeting on behalf of residents opposed to the plans, said more than 300 protests were made.
He said: “It is so travesty now that they thought of approving. The noise analysis report provided by Anwyl is nothing but a sham.
“Hopefully you all have the sense to see a small barrier wall that won’t block out noise from generators, saws, and lorries, which would be horrible for school students.
“Please imagine children from all over the Conwy area with learning difficulties looking out of their school windows, only one construction site visible instead of quiet fields. Please have a little empathy for for their sake.
“Anwyl should not get away with painting a rosy picture of the situation-far from it. It was a nightmare for the school and locals in terms of the traffic issues it presented.
“It will be a long time before someone is seriously injured at that junction, and if you approve this application, even in your conscience.
“You know it’s not right. We ask all of you to think about your decision today, and the impact it will have in the next 50 years on your children and grandchildren. When the land is gone, there will be no return. ”
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David Rowley, chairman of governors at Ysgol Y Gogarth, also called the Grade 3A land to be cared for for the benefit of the school’s students, of which there are more than 200.
Mr Rowley added: “The Noise Assessment Addendum refers to Building Bulletin 93, which discusses the acoustic design of schools. In our view, it has nothing to do with measuring noise in or around a special school.
“I quote from this bulletin:‘ This advice is for everyone involved in the detail, design and construction of school buildings ’so it does not apply to Ysgol Y Gogarth.
“There was a complete and utterly misjudgment in Anwyl’s approach by placing a microphone near the fence of a residential home for children to measure noise.
“The report shows no understanding of noise related to children on the autistic spectrum, who make up 65 percent of the school population.
“The report fails to acknowledge that children with autism perceive some sounds as more intense, which can lead to excessive behavior and aversion to school or Llys Gogarth.”
Councilor Frank Bradfield (Craig-y-Don ward), the council’s disability champion, added: “The noise report submitted with Anwyl is based on values for primary schools and local residents.
“No attempt has been made to understand that children with autism have hypersensitivity to sound. Anwyl confuses sound and noise, and children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) have very high hypersensitivity to certain types of sounds and noise.
“This report fails to identify, understand or investigate that children with ASD perceive certain sounds as more intense.
“Some noise can lead to excessive behavior, including unintentional self-harm, and the cd prevents children from going back to school or Llys Gogarth.
“Anwyl’s statement that they inform the school before any loud noise shows a complete lack of understanding in relation to children’s learning disabilities, communication problems, and additional learning needs. .
“How can these needs be met in case the construction is granted and a student is unable to maintain their place at the school or Llys Gogarth as a result of the disruption and distress caused by this development?”
Andrew Buroni, director of health and social impact analysis at Savills, spoke on behalf of Anwyl, whom Anwyl commissioned to test if there was any impact on equality.
Mr Buroni argued that the development would go in some way to resolving Conwy’s housing crisis, adding that the proposals “meet all planning requirements”.
He said: “There is an undoubted housing crisis in Conwy, the results of which have led to the release of all contingency housing sites in the borough by an independent inspector.
“Conwy currently has the fourth highest number of people living in temporary housing in Wales, and 1,643 are waiting on the housing register.
“Additional noise surveys have been conducted, and the noise has been modified from this context, and certainly shows that, for both construction and operation, school noise will remain well within the Department’s performance standards for in Education for indoor environmental noise levels.
“The noise addendum again certainly shows that, even for a worst -case scenario, the remaining rest center will remain within the norm for relaxation and sleep during labor and operation.
“The response to the current consultation, including today’s presentations, does not reveal any new or unresolved issues.
“Highways also confirmed that the now proposed signs for pedestrian walking, offered at both ends of Bodafon Road, while not required, are desirable in this particular location.
“Overall, the proposed development meets all planning requirements, addresses a real housing need, and does not show an impact on equity.
“There are no objections from anyone consulting the law, especially none from Environmental Health or Highways (council departments), and the committee’s report is very clear that there are no technical issues with the proposed development, and recommends for permission. ”
Cllrs Nigel Smith (Kinmel Bay ward) and Peter Lewis (Uwchaled ward) also expressed their support for the meeting plans.
Cllr Smith said: “After looking at the protesters and listening to their arguments, they seem to be more concerned about building on the green area of the field than the actual invasion of Gogarth, but they are using it as an action against the members. of the planning committee.
“We have a corporate responsibility to take care of the children at Gogarth, but also, we have a responsibility to look after thousands of other young people looking to climb the housing ladder.
“As a county, we are far from the number of properties we need to build.
“It’s a small development; I don’t think it will create any more inconvenience than the developments that have taken place on the site itself or adjacent to it in recent years.
“I can’t believe people are using children as leverage against us. It’s not just the children of Gogarth, it’s the people of Conwy.
“There are many things we need to consider. It’s going to be a small step in the right direction. ”
Cllr Lewis added: “In fairness to the applicant, they spoke to the Education Department and worked with them to address the issues raised by many of the councilors in the last two meetings.
“So, I want to second Cllr Smith’s recommendation that we approve this planning application.”
The full list of documents attached to this application (0/48610) is available on the council’s Planning Explorer page: www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Planning-Building-Control-and-Conservation/Planning-Applications /Planning -Explorer.aspx.