Residents of Llanddulas are unimpressed with Council’s plans to put a house and flats where the Fair View Inn currently is. The outcome of the planning committee was voted through at 4:3 therefore planning permission has been granted.
A group of residents now intend to go ahead with a judicial review and a possible ombudsman complaint.
The block of flats is for intermediate housing and will consist of fifteen two bedroom and nine one bedrooms.
Residents that are objecting made it very clear that they are not against social housing but they what are against is the block of twenty-four flats.
Given the fact that children can live in the property it has caused concerned for locals.
Brian Bell of Llanddulas commented: “The local school is oversubscribed and at the moment there is currently a waiting list. From our point of view, we can’t have housing at any cost, and as a village we are quite prepared for housing to be put on the site but not that amount”.
The site itself is a historical point as well a tourist spot. Author Evelyn Waugh was a teacher in Llanddulas, and he quite often visited the Fair View as mentioned in his novel ‘Decline and Fall’. Residents believe tourists will visit the premises based on the history of Evelyn Waugh and that the new plans will decrease tourism as well as heritage.
Local resident of Llanddulas Wendy Williams said: “We get 15,000 tourists a year and our community is mainly built on that. Destroying the building where the books of old time were established is going to decrease tourism and the memory of Evelyn War”.
One resident Phil Cross who was born and bred in Llanddulas, described the village as a very close family ordinated community. This being due to a mixture of the influx of new and generations of existing families that have jointly contributed to social and family fabric of village life. This development as it stands does not lend itself to community growth and I have major concerns how this will affect the future of the village.
Attendees of the planning committee that are objecting to the building believe the guidelines were broken by the Council. It was also by residents that councilors were unaware of things they have should have knew.
A member of the planning committee who had abstained from the vote at the planning meeting has since publicly declared, that the reason for the abstention was “had she voted against the planning application, it would be passed on appeal.”
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Numerous of residents of the area have suggested many reasons why they object to the three-story building. However, as a close village they are disappointed that they were suddenly confronted with the plans.
“The problem for the village is that we were suddenly confronted with plans of this monstrosity building and it is completely overbearing for the village” explained Brian.
Patricia Rowlands of Station Road was left horrified as she spotted a poster on a local post. Living just 14 metres away from the spot the building will be just at the side of Patricia’s house.
Patricia Rowlands commented: “I felt horrified I came home from work and noticed a poster and watched work men drill into the car park. That was the first time I was made aware of anything”.
After living in the village for twenty-seven years Patricia believes her house will decrease in value due to this type of building.
She also suggested that her view is now going to be looking into other people’s properties.
“It is too big and I don’t want it at the side of my house. My view is now going to be looking into other people’s properties or them looking into mine. Not only that but with twenty-four more families there is an opportunity for more cars which will increase traffic” explained Patricia.
As a close community residents feel that the new building may affect that as people may come and go if it is rented accommodation. The majority do not feel it will at all fit in with the village.
Locals are in hope that they will raise money for the judicial appeal and will be grateful of any support.
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