CAERPHILLY Council’s proposals to build homes on Rhymney’s former Aldi site are to be discussed by its planning committee next week.
Approximately 57% of the 23 homes are expected to be classed as affordable.
The application is for outline permission, which means further details such as the design and amount of bedrooms will be determined in a future reserved matters application.
The Aldi store was demolished by the council in 2014 and was vacant until its temporary use as a Covid testing centre.
The design and access statement prepared by planning consultancy The Urbanist states: “It’s in an ideal location being in close proximity to Rhymney train station, educational facilities, green spaces and health care.”
The council initially purchased the site as part of plans for the redevelopment of Upper Rhymney Primary School.
According to the sustainable communities for learning department – formerly known as 21st Century Schools Programme – there is room in the surrounding schools for additional pupils.
Councillor Shayne Cook, cabinet member for housing, has previously said: “There has been a lack of development to the north of the county borough in recent years, so this will be a fantastic opportunity to bring new high quality housing to Rhymney.”
Rebekah Browning, arboricultural officer at the council, said protection of existing trees should be an important part of the design.
Members will discuss the proposals at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday May 17.