Residents in Alltwen voice their concerns over proposed new houses
RESIDENTS in a Swansea Valley village claim their community is being swamped by new homes.
People in Alltwen have said enough is enough after discovering that an application has been lodged with Neath Port Talbot Council for 51 homes hot on the heels another 57 home development being given the go ahead.
Residents claim the village is in danger of becoming congested with traffic and that pupils walking to the local primary school may face safety risks.
The concern is centred around new homes that are being proposed by Red Row for Graig yr Awel and land formerly used as an industrial estate at the end of Lon Hir.
Emotions are running high in the village and a public meeting was held last week to discuss the issue.
Alltwen resident, Susan Jones, said: "All traffic will have to enter and leave along Lon Hir, which leads out directly on to Alltwen Primary School and the children walking to school putting their safety at risk. This is already a busy junction.
"There is also plans for further housing on Ynysymond Road which would also add more congestion and vehicles."
Alltwen Primary School's staff and parents have consistently complained about the road safety outside the school.
Fellow Alltwen resident Laura Tams added: "I am astonished that this is even being considered, myself and other residents from the area have serious concerns over the inadequate highway infrastructure at Lon Hir (the only entrance and access to this proposed site) this highway already has safety concerns for both vehicles and pedestrians.
"A second access route would be essential for any further developments within this already over crowded area.
"Furthermore the Local Development Plan does not recognise the site that has been the subject of planning enquiry and possibly an application. If this were taken into account the bottom of Lon Hir would see in excess of 150 new houses, this is without taking into account the already in place Redrow phase one site of 57 houses.
"The Ynysymond Road development is on a site with significant bio diversity issues, the access route to this site is also inadequate.
"Should these areas be approved for development Alltwen will be moving away from its village status due to being hugely overpopulated.
"Schools and other public services within the area will be flooded — a recent Estyn inspection showed that the school is underachieving; we do not need added pressure on the school. I would urge anyone with concerns over the development at Alltwen to make comments on the LDP, this can be done up until midnight tonight."
Redrow did not respond to an invitation to comment.
Meanwhile Nicola Pearce, head of planning at Neath Port Talbot Council said: "Following receipt of all the relevant details, the Local Planning Authority will consider the planning merits associated with these proposals having regard to the policies within the adopted Neath Port Talbot Unitary Development Plan in addition to National Policies and Guidance.
"The settlement limits around Alltwen are currently identified within the Unitary Development Plan and these defined limits, together with other criteria based policies within the plan will direct future development within the village."