Merthyr Vale, Merthyr

Authority: Merthyr Borough County Council

Proposed Development

Development of 152 residential units, including 43 affordable housing units (26%), at the Riverside development site in Merthyr Vale

Planning Issues

Application P/15/1845 was approved on 15th October 2015, which permitted the construction of a new spine road named Golwg Yr Afon, serve the development site. The road has now been constructed and includes a roundabout, pedestrian footpaths and cycle paths and 5 access points into the subject site.

The site was the former Merthyr Vale Colliery with two mine shafts; significant topographical changes; two culverts and existing road infrastructure, public footpath and railway line required a creative design to overcome these constraints.  Solutions included providing a buffer zone between the locations of the two mine shafts and the boundary of the unit plots, ensuring no impact for residents.  The site also needed re-classification from C2 to C1 to allow residential use to be approved.

Kathryn Williams undertook the pre-application work; Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) and residents’ exhibition; review of all technical reports; preparation of the planning documents (PAC report, Planning, Design and Access Statement); co-ordinated the planning application submission and acted as the main point of contact for the planning officer.  Liaison with the client and project team was integral to the project delivery, ensuring the re-designation of the site following flood map modelling. 

Result

The application was approved unanimously at Planning Committee in February 2018, securing permission, on behalf of Lovell Partnerships Ltd.  The site forms part of a vital element in the mid valleys regeneration and seeks to sustain the vitality of the existing settlements in the area, providing a welcomed contribution to housing with the additional benefit of a significant affordable housing contribution.