Plan of houses approved despite local objections

Wychwood – Four Crosses from the UK Grid Reference Finder

The outline planning application to build up to 12 houses, infrastructure and access to Wychwood, at Four Crosses near Llanymynech, came from Mr D Evans on behalf of the Trustees of Wychwood.

The proposal is for six three-bedroom semi-detached houses, five four-bedroom detached houses and one “large” four-bedroom detached house.

But the detail of the development, which includes “elements of demolition”, will be part of a planning application “reserved materials” which will have to be submitted and approved later.

What has been decided at this stage is the principle of building dwellings on the site.

When the application was discussed by Llandysilio Community Council, councilors opposed the development.

Llandysilio Council Clerk Carol Davies explained that councilors believed the development did not meet ‘local need’ for housing.

They also cited road safety reasons for their decision.

Ms Davies said: ‘All of the accommodation has three or more bedrooms which is not suitable for those looking for a first home or those looking to retire.

“This section of the B4393 carries a significant amount of traffic which is expected to increase with the completion of housing estates at Kings Acre and the former pub site.”

Powys County Council’s planning, property and public safety officer, Gwilym Davies, said: ‘The planning permission is approved.

“Details of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale must be submitted and approved in writing by the local planning authority before any development begins and must be carried out as approved.

“Any request for approval of reserved materials must be made to the local planning authority no later than three years from this authorisation.”

Part of the discussion at a later stage will be about providing affordable housing.

Mr Davies explained that affordable housing would be “at least” 10% of housing or beds.

In this case, the contribution amounts to two houses.

The “schedule” for the construction of the affordable housing in relation to the rest of the development, how it would be managed or whether it should be transferred to a social housing owner when completed, should also be finalised.

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