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Plans for housing development on former Valleys school site approved

The Former Rhiwgarn Infants School In Trebanog Which Could Become Housing (Pic: Google Maps)

PLANS for a social housing development on the site of a former Valleys school have been given the go ahead.

The development from RHA Wales for 14 affordable homes, sustainable drainage, parking and associated works at the former Rhiwgarn County Infants School on Waun Wen in Trebanog was approved by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s planning committee on Thursday, March 21.

It will include two apartments and 12 houses and each property will have amenity space either in the form of an enclosed garden or a terrace, together with storage and/or space for household waste and recycling.

The site will be accessed from Waun Wen to the east and there will be 15 parking spaces.

The application site, which covers around 0.59 hectares, used to be home to Rhiwgarn Infants School.

No public letters of objection were received about the application.

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In recommending approval, planning officers said: “The development would make use of brownfield land at a sustainable location and within settlement limits.

“The scale, design and layout of the development would be appropriate to the setting, would support the provision of new housing to meet local needs and, being located in a residential area, would be a sympathetic neighbouring land use.

“No detriment to highway safety has been identified and the development has evidenced that it would be capable of delivering a biodiversity net benefit.

The Section 106 agreement requires that the homes are established and maintained as affordable units.

It also includes an off-site recreation contribution of £14,000 (£1,000 per home) to the upgrading of the existing play area at Henllys.