A survey has revealed the wide range of local concerns on plans to build hundreds of homes in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Welsh Government is planning on building 576 houses and flats on 60 acres of farmland just south of Penarth, next to Cosmeston Lakes Country Park.
Archaeologists have warned the plans would destroy medieval artefacts, and have criticised the plans to demolish a 400-year-old farmhouse.
Now a new survey has revealed people living in the area are also concerned about how the hundreds of new houses could increase congestion and pollution, and put pressure on local schools and public services.
The survey, conducted by Cardiff South and Penarth Liberal Democrats, was filled out by 154 people.
It revealed that 98 per cent believe the new houses would cause a “disruptive increase in traffic”; 84 per cent said the plans don’t sufficiently mitigate an increase in pollution from the extra traffic; and 85 per cent said the new 200-pupil school wouldn’t meet the increased need for places.
One respondent said: “Overcrowding, air pollution and an unsuitable plot make this area totally wrong for housing development — especially when worldwide we are endeavouring to be mindful of the damage the aforementioned poor practices produce.”
Another said: “Environmentally, it’s a disaster. I run in this area and there is significant wildlife here. Also, every year there is always some flooding on Lavernock Road when a quick heavy downfall happens. If the green pastures can’t contain the rainfall, more concrete isn’t going to make it any better.”
A third said: “We need the countryside, and the area is already built up. There are too many cars on the road and too much pollution. There are plenty of disused industrial estates which people can use [instead]. Leave Cosmeston alone.”
While the public consultation on the plans has now ended, the Vale of Glamorgan council’s planning committee will soon consider whether to grant permission, during a public meeting. A date for that meeting has not yet been set.
At the time of writing, almost 5,000 have signed a petition to “save the farmland and green fields” at Cosmeston, urging the Welsh Government to withdraw their plans. If the petition receives 5,000 or more signatures, it could be debated in the Senedd.
Alex Wilson, Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth, said he started the survey to find out what the community thought about the housing development, before submitting a formal objection to the Vale council.
Mr Wilson said: “It wasn’t just a case of ‘we’re against it’. We wanted to find out the facts and go out to the community to ask them. We wanted to hear what people felt.”