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No proposed plans for allotment site "at this stage"

Created on 14/09/2017 @ 12:31
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Council bosses have said they have no "proposed plans" drawn up to put housing on Newtown's allotment site in Llanidloes Road.

Yesterday, MyNewtown reported how a campaign and petition had been launched to save the allotments from having houses built on them.

The allotment users, of which there are over 52, believe the site has been earmarked for 20 houses by Powys County Council for affordable homes.

But the county council has told MyNewtown that a number of sites are being considered throughout the county and there are no proposed plans for the Newtown site.

It said the site had been earmarked as "surplus" to requirements by the council's Leisure and Recreation Committee last year and the Housing Service had declared an interest in it.

The land was donated to the people in 1919 by Pryce Pryce-Jones, the then local entrepreneur and landowner.

He bequeathed the land following the First World War to provide “home grown produce from vegetables to fruit.”

A petition has been mounted on GoPetition to save the allotments from development, along with a Facebook page.

Cllr Jonathan Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Following the allotment site being declared surplus by the council’s Leisure and Recreation Service in 2016, our Housing Service declared an interest in obtaining the site.  The process of transferring the site into the Housing Service is still ongoing.
“I can confirm that no proposed plans have been drawn up at this stage as a substantial number of sites throughout Powys are currently being assessed by our Affordable Housing Team.

“Should the site be used to provide much needed affordable housing in the town, the Housing Service would provide an alternative site for the provision of allotments with facilities that match those currently provided at the existing site.

“The Housing Service is currently investigating whether there are any grounds that will preclude the development of homes on the site and if this is the case it will not pursue the transfer of the site."
He added: “Finally, should the Housing Service choose to utilise the site for the provision of new homes sometime in the future, it will need to apply for planning consent.

“As is the case with all planning applications, anyone affected by any proposed development will have the chance to comment as part of the planning process. However, in such circumstances the Housing Service will engage with the allotment holders prior to the planning application to seek their views.”

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