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24th October 2019

A major developer has been rapped by the Vale of Glamorgan Council

BY: Matt Discombe Local Democracy Reporter

A major developer has been rapped by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for laying pavements which are “no use to man nor beast”.

The council will take enforcement action against David Wilson Homes, and its parent company Barratt Homes, which is behind a development of 124 homes in Wick.

A planning committee was told the road in the development should have been a flat “shared surface” road, according to its planning permission granted in November 2015.

But instead the developer had built a narrow raised footway on either side of the road which was of “substandard width”, councillors were told.

Victoria Robinson, the council’s operational manager of development management, told the meeting on October 23 the footways were not wide enough and “not appropriate” for wheelchairs and prams.

Committee member Councillor Andrew Parker said: “If you had a wheelchair or a pushchair you would have a problem.

“There’s no solution other than to put it back to the accepted standard.”

Councillor Neil Thomas said the pavements are dangerous.

He added: “These pavements are no use to man nor beast. They are too narrow.”

The committee voted to refuse an updated planning application to change the design of the road, and to issue a planning enforcement notice to return the road plans to what was originally agreed.

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