Plans to build 53 new homes in a village near Newtown have been rejected by Powys County Council.

Plans put forward to build a large new housing development in Abermule have been refused by Powys County Council’s planning authority.

The plans, which were submitted by TRE Developments based near Wrexham, would have seen a new estate being built in the land to the rear of The Meadows.

In their decision the planning department said the “proposed development fails to provide the appropriate level of highway infrastructure in respect of the proposed development to the detriment of highway safety”.



They added that it also “fails to provide a safe means of access in respect of the railway line and proposes the use of land that has not has not been agreed and is objected to by the landowner.”

They also said developers had given “insufficient information has been provided to appropriately assess the development’s impact on archaeology and is therefore contrary to Planning Policy Wales” as well as “insufficient information has been provided with regards to the impact the development may have on protected species”.

The development had long had issues and this had even led to local councillor Gareth Pugh calling in the application, citing safety concerns related to increased traffic.

In a letter to Powys County Council’s senior planning officer, Richard Edwards, he said: “As local member I would like to formally call in the above application due to local concerns regarding highways safety and the safety of pedestrians that this development may cause.”

However, he later withdrew his objection adding “I’m prepared to withdraw my call-in request for land to rear of The Meadows, Abermule based on the findings from statutory consultees.”

Network Rail, who were consulted on the plans, also objected to the build over potential safety concerns.

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In a statement given to Powys County Council they said: “In consultation with our Level Crossing Manager, Network Rail objects to the above proposals on the basis the proposed development will cause additional risk to safety at Level Crossings without the necessary highways improvements to the access adjoining the B4368.”

Natural Resources Wales also said they had “concerns with the application as submitted because inadequate information has been provided in support of the proposal.”

“No information has been provided at outline stage to demonstrate that the proposal will not affect the water environment” and that included no information given “regarding the disposal of foul waters from the proposed development”.