The Society keeps a watching brief on all planning applications within the National Park. For those that are considered significant the Society will provide a statement outlining its position. On major planning issues the Society will be represented at the planning meeting where the issue is to be discussed and will, if necessary, speak.
The Society regularly attends the BBNPA Planning and Rights of Way Committee (PAROW). Information on BBNPA Planning and Development Control can be found here.
An archive of documents and correspondence from and to the Society on planning issues is under development here.
Recent Planning Applications to which the Society has responded.
Nothing to report.
On Going Major Developments
Cwrt Y Gollen
The outline planning permission for 70 houses was approved in November 2014.
Circuit of Wales
This is a major development of a Grand Prix Motorcycling Track with a lot of associated development to the south of th National Park and north of Rassau, just north of Ebbw Vale. Whilst the development does not directly affect the Park, there are indirect effects, such as noise and light pollution, traffic across Llangynidr Mountain road, effect on peat within the National Park caused by works and drainage of peat below it etc. There is also a footpath which connects the National Park to land to the south, which needs to be diverted. The Society has been active in objecting to activities which are detrimental to the Special Qualities of the National Park, whilst accepting that such a development will bring significant advantages to people living in the Ebbw Vale area in the form of long term employment
You can find out more about the Circuit of Wales on their website.
Update January 2015
We sent in a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, objecting to the CoW Section 16 application to deregister the common land. Since then, the applicants have had the opportunity to respond to all objections and representations.We received a copy of their response on 2nd December. The objectors then had the opportunity to respond to the applicants’ comments which we duly did by the deadline of the 23rd December (see letter). However, the Planning Inspectorate sent a further letter on 11th December which contained a letter and document 4, the Circuit of Wales Estate Landscape and Ecology Management Plan (issued on 25 August 2014) which had been sent to the Inspectorate on 9th October 2014. This document should have been submitted with the original application in September and the resubmitted application in October, and we objected to the conduct of the enquiry and asked for more time. Moreover, this late submission did not seem to be sent to all the objectors. Gwent Wildlife Trust didn’t receive the document until 16th December (after we had alerted them to its existence) and asked for the whole consultation process to be repeated. This was refused and a time extension only given until 7th January. Considering that many of the days in the extension were holiday days and people working for organisations such as the Wild Life Trust are often part time, this seemed very unreasonable. Our response to the Landscape and Ecology Management Plan is attached.
The application is to be heard at an enquiry. Though no date has been given, as yet, there will be a Pre-enquiry meeting on 28th January, which we intend to attend.
A465 Dualling Section 3 Brynmawr to Tredegar
The go ahead has been given for the next stage of widening the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Gilwern and Brynmawr. This involves the road going through the environmentally and archaeologically sensitive Clydach Gorge. The Society has attended Public Meetings on this proposal and has expressed concerns on public footpaths, lighting and archaeology.
You can find out more about this scheme on the A465 website.
If you wish to contact Elizabeth Gibbs, who holds the planning brief for the Society, about these or any other major planning issues, please use the contact form below.