A proposed housing development in Llanfair Caereinion would make an already “perilous” road even more dangerous, according to the town council.
Plans have been submitted to Powys County Council that could see 42 new homes built on a three-hectare site adjacent to Llys Awel, Pool Road.
The application has been criticised by Llanfair Town Council on the grounds that the road is unsafe and there is not a housing shortage in the town.
“We gave this a great deal of consideration,” said Cllr Gareth Jones, chair of Llanfair Town Council.
“The overwhelming concern of the council was its location to the A458 trunk road. There are safety issues including access onto the busy A458 and also the footpath link to the town and the fact that all pedestrians would have to cross the main road.
“We are conscious of how perilous that road already is at school times and don’t want to add any further danger.”
The town council listed its concerns in an objection letter to PCC, including worries over drainage and the possible strain on local schools.
It added: “There are a number of unsold properties in Llanfair. Many have been on the market for a considerable amount of time.
“If there was a shortage of housing this would not be the case.
“Thanks to the repeated lifting of 106 affordable housing restrictions, there are no affordable properties in the town. This development will not address this issue.”
The plans include two semi-detached two-bed houses and 10 three-bed houses, some semi-detached and some detached.
There will be one detached five-bedroom house, with the remaining 30 houses detached four-beds.
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