The Vale Council has concluded legal discussions with a house builder on the exchange of contracts for the sale of the former St Cyres site in Dinas Powys.
Last week local Plaid Cymru councillors had complained that the public were in the dark over what was happening with the site
Local councillor Chris Franks had said:
“We have no idea about the nature of these discussions with the developer. I fear that by the time information is available it will be a done deal. Local opinion will be excluded from being able to exercise any meaningful influence.”
But this week a spokesperson for the Vale Council revealed: “The council last week concluded legal discussions relating to exchanged contracts for the sale of the former St Cyres lower school in Dinas Powys to housebuilder Barratt David Wilson.
“The sale contract is conditional upon Barratt David Wilson obtaining planning permission for a master planned mixed use development.
“During the early stages many details of the negotiations were commercially confidential and so could not be discussed publicly. However, wherever possible, information has been shared with local councillors.
“The council’s vision for the site was set by a community consultation undertaken in 2012 and 2013 in which new homes and community facilities were the most commonly suggested uses for the site. The developer’s scheme will aim to deliver new private and affordable homes along with land for community uses.
“Barratts David Wilson will now prepare a detailed master plan to support a planning application for the site.
“A briefing for local councillors has now been arranged to discuss these and other key issues surrounding the project. Full details of the proposals will be available to the public once the developer submits a master plan for scrutiny by the council’s planning committee.
Following the Vale Council’s comments Coun Franks told The GEM, “We understand that the Vale Planning Department has received an enquiry for pre-application advice from the agents acting for Barratt David Wilson Homes on the former St Cyres School site.
“The developers will be required to undertake a formal pre-application consultation which is a separate process where applicants carry out their own series of consultations with residents. However, when they will be starting the consultation is not known. Following this process we imagine a planning application will be made.”
Plaid councillor Val Hartrey said, “There are so many questions but the Vale Council absolutely refused to engage with the public. Who knows what this consultation process will reveal. We want to know where the community land is located within the site, what will be the road access off site, will local roads be dug up for sewers, gas and electricity?”