This is where thousands of new homes are intended to be built across Bridgend

The preferred location of new schools, housing developments, and employment areas in Bridgend has been published by the local authority as it continues work on the county’s replacement local development plan (LDP).

Bridgend County Borough Council has said around 7,500 homes will need to be built in the county over the coming years to meet the predicted housing demand.

The council is basing its replacement LDP on an estimated residential growth of 505 homes per year and employment growth of 266 jobs per year.

It says the development will encourage a more youthful, skilled population base to counter-balance the ageing population, resulting in an overall population increase of 8.4% or 12,151 people over the plan period.

 

The council has now published its preferred strategy for the future with development focused around Bridgend, Pencoed, Porthcawl, Maesteg and Llynfi Valley, and the Pyle area.

Planning officers have previously said because sites for 4,500 homes have already been identified under the current LDP the new LDP would only need to determine sites for 3,000 new homes.

However, the preferred strategy shows scope for the delivery that far exceeds that requirement.

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Officers have said the areas of growth will be subject to “significant refinement” to ultimately identify specific sites within the deposit plan.

A public consultation on the plans opened on Monday, September 30, and runs until November 8.

The Replacement Bridgend LDP sets out the local authority’s objectives for the development and use of land in the county up to 2033.

Here we look at the preferred strategy in more detail.

Maesteg and Llynfi Valley  

Pont Rhyd-y-Cyff
A 50-acre site on land south of Pont Rhyd-y-Cyff is proposed for a mixed-use development comprising residential, commercial, leisure and employment.

In total there are four sites which are clustered around Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd.

The site could deliver 500 new homes with the development potentially being serviced by the Llynfi Biomass Power Station, around 2km away.

Much of the site is currently greenfield land while the south east of the site was previously a petrol filling station.

 

Maesteg Washery
A 33-acre site which is within walking distance of Maesteg town centre is proposed for residential development and/or provision of a new school.

It is anticipated that 135 homes could be accommodated on the site.

The site has come forward as the result of a previous reclamation scheme and earth modelling works.

Former Cooper Standard site, Ewenny Road, Maesteg
Former Cooper Standard Automotive factory buildings were cleared from the 20-acre site following closure in 2008.  It currently consists of a large flat area of concrete hardstanding.

The site is being promoted for mixed use development comprising residential, employment and retail. It is anticipated that between 135 and 150 homes could be accommodated on the site.

The site is currently allocated for a mixed use scheme in the existing LDP with outline planning consent having been previously granted for 138 homes, a pub, restaurants, retail and employment space.

However, officers said consent had not been issued due to the failure to complete a Section 106 Agreement.

Historic mine shafts have been identified in two locations of the site, with officers saying they will form a constraint to development in those areas of the site.

Porthcawl Waterfront Regeneration Site
The 130-acre site is being promoted as a residential-led mixed use development with planning officers saying it could hold up to 1,350 houses with associated facilities.

It is envisaged that the site will be developed in two phases.

The first phase involves a new supermarket, housing, remodelling of Hillsboro Place car park, coastal flood defence works and a leisure site.

The seafront in Porthcawl

Meanwhile, the second phase at Sandy Bay will be primarily residential and is dependent on completion of the coastal defence works along the Eastern Promenade.

A new school could be built next to Newton Primary School or the existing school could be expanded.

 

Bridgend 

Island Farm
A 133-acre site, comprised of a mix of arable farmland, grazing land, and tree and scrub land, is proposed for housing, leisure and commercial use.

The site is located 1.5km to the south-west of Bridgend town centre.

Proposals involve allocating the land for 1,000 new houses, two new schools, and an indoor tennis centre with associated outdoor court as well as an office development and access improvements.

A new special education needs school could be built to allow Heronsbridge School to relocate to the site and leave its current edge of town centre campus available for an alternative use.

The site includes Hut 9, a German prisoner of war camp which is Grade II listed.

Parc Afon Ewenni
This is a 45-acre site which currently includes the police training centre and BCBC’s Waterton highways depot.

The police centre is home to various South Wales Police facilities including a dog section, firearms unit, mounted section and various sports pitches and facilities.

The two sites are joined by a parcel of land that has outline consent – granted in March 2018 – for a residential-led mixed use development of up to 240 homes and 1,100sqm of retail/business/community use.

The entire site is allocated within the existing LDP for up to 650 residential dwellings, local retailing, community, business and recreation uses, together with improvements to the transportation network.

The proposal is for a residential-led mixed use development for around 400 dwellings – with a smaller highways depot being developed and South Wales Police relocating to a new building at its headquarters site in Cowbridge Road.

Land between Bryntirion and Laleston
A 566-acre site, owned by several landowners, could see more than 5,000 homes built on it and a new school created.

However, planning officers have said that to stop Bridgend and Laleston merging into each other a development of 1,000-1,500 homes is seen to be more appropriate.

 

Pencoed
A 127-acre site at the Pencoed campus of Bridgend College is proposed for residential, education and public open space use.

Around 800-1,000 new homes could be built on the site with a significant area
proposed to be used as public open space which would allow for the potential relocation of the playing fields.

Pyle
A 250-acre site on farmland east of Pyle is proposed for a mixed use development of around 1,500 homes, a new school, a local centre and public open space.

The site is divided into two parcels by the A48.

Consultation

To see the LDP preferred strategy and give your views, visit the council website or go to the council offices or libraries.

Planning officers said the consultation related to issues and topics discussed in the preferred strategy and was not an opportunity to make detailed comments on individual candidate sites.

A series of consultation events will be held at the following venues:
* A portable cabin at the Jennings Building, Porthcawl, October 7, 12pm-6pm and October 8, 10am-1pm
* Pyle Library October 14, 2pm-6pm and October 15, 10am –1pm
* Pencoed Library October 21, 2pm-6pm and October 22, 10am –1pm
* Maesteg Town Council meeting room October 28, 2pm-6pm and October 29, 10am –1pm
* Bridgend civic offices November 4-8, office hours 8.30am – 5pm

 

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