South West Wales

Hendy housing development backed by planning committee

The development site where Persimmon plans to build
Image caption The development site where Persimmon plans to build

Controversial plans for a housing development in a Carmarthenshire village have been backed by the county council's planning committee.

Residents expressed fears over Persimmon Homes's plan for 91 properties near Heol Llwyn Bedw, Hendy, and preparatory work already done.

On Tuesday, the firm apologised to Carmarthenshire's planning committee for "overzealous" preparation.

Persimmon said it was "committed" to working with the community.

Members backed the scheme by 15 votes to one, with one abstention.

Planning officers had earlier recommended the application for approval, despite some concerns over the volume of traffic it may generate and water running into neighbouring properties.

Image caption Planning committee members visit the site

Huw Llewellyn, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Wales, said he was "delighted".

"There is a need for new homes across south Wales and we are pleased we can press ahead and meet this demand," he said.

The firm has pledged to invest more than £370,000 in the community in developer contributions agreed as part of the plans.

'Exciting project'

Of this, £91,000 will go towards highway improvements, £195,000 on revamping the village play area and £85,000 towards improving facilities at Hendy County Primary School.

"This is an exciting project for Hendy and we're committed to working alongside the local community and keeping them informed with progress," Mr Llewellyn added.

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