Thousands of pounds for new play equipment thanks to development in Ocean View, Jersey Marine
CHILDREN as well as house hunters will benefit from a development of new homes in Jersey Marine.
Neath Port Talbot Council has now given planning permission to Cardiff-based David Wilson Homes, which wants to build 81 houses in Ocean View.
But the agreement also means the developer not just providing a kick-about area within Ocean View, but also giving Coedffranc Community Council thousands of pounds for new equipment in Jersey Marine Park.
The community council was asked for its views on the development last year, which is when local county councillor Harry Bebell revealed the playground deal had been agreed.
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Stage one should have had a park or kick-about area as part of the planning conditions.
However, he explained, the work was not completed and it was subsequently made a condition of stage two.
Now he has told the community council that, as he did not call the application in for consideration by the planning committee, it had been approved by officers using delegated powers.
Mr Bebell said the developer would pay £7,000 a year for four years to maintain the kick-about area, after which it would become Neath Port Talbot Council's responsibility.
Meanwhile, he said, the developer would give £35,000 to Coedffranc Community Council to buy new equipment for the Jersey Marine playground.
"The developer will now get in touch with the clerk and it will be up to the full council or estates committee to decide what toys we want in the park," added Mr Bebell.
"It has taken a long time to bring this about, and I am very happy with it."