Plans for 121 new homes in Ystalyfera
MORE than 100 new homes could be on their way to Ystalyfera.
A planning application submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council proposes building 121 units, which would be a mix of two to four bedroom properties, on the entrance to the village, at the GMF Motor Factors site on Glanyrafon Road.
Residents are now being asked to share their views on the proposed development.
Ystalyfera councillor Alun Llewelyn said: “The area was given outline planning consent some years ago, but it is still empty.
“It’s an important site locally, as it’s quite prominent.
“It’s interesting that housing companies are taking an interest in the upper Swansea Valley, as perhaps it suggests the demand for housing is beginning to rise again following the recession.
“What we need here is for the development to be suitable, as well as pleasant, but I think it is appropriate it is a mix of housing, so people have a greater chance of getting a suitable property.
“But we need to look carefully at the design, and I am happy to listen to what people have to say”.
Plans for the development are due to go on display in the library next week, and views will be invited.
The development will be next to the Asda store, which opened last year. It is also on the main arterial road for the Swansea Valley, making access convenient for commuters.
Developers Jennard Properties have also carried out a Welsh language impact assessment into the project, which concludes: “The proposed development will have a positive
impact upon the Welsh language and its future in the
settlement of Ystalyfera and the surrounding area, but certain
negative impacts may need to be mitigated.”
Nicola Pearce, head of planning for NPT Council said; “The application is currently under consideration with the consultation period expiring on the October 18. However there are a number of outstanding issues in association with this proposal which need to be addressed before we are able to make a recommendation. As a result discussions are ongoing with the developer and should additional and amended details be submitted, they will be the subject of further consultation.”