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In 2006, it was proposed to Trunk the A48 and Five-Mile Lane, signing traffic for the airport and St Athan through St Nicholas.  With improvements to Five-Mile Lane included in the LDP Deposit, a summary of the report can be found here.

HEADLINE - 100 new houses/dwellings to be built east of St Nicholas.


The site for house building is 3.9 hectares, including 0.48 given to "open space".  50 of the dwellings will be built in the period 2016-21 and the second 50 in the period 2021-26


On 7.2 hectares of land east of Bonvilston to Sycamore Cross, 120 houses are to be built.  60 in each of the periods 2016-21 and 2021-26.  In total, provision has been made in the LDP for 9,950 or 7,829 dwellings (depending on which part of the document you read).




NOTE:  Correct size of development believed to be 3.9 hectares.  There are a few errors in the councils documents.

About the site (from the LDP Deposit 2013):

MG 2 (43)

This 2.39 hectare Greenfield site is located to the east of the village of St Nicholas to the north of the A48. The site will provide a minimum of 35% affordable housing. Of the identified area, 0.48 hectares of land will be provided on site for open space and recreational facilities to meet the need identified in the Open Spaces Background Paper. 

The Council’s Engineers have advised that a suitable safe access is required that conforms to current design criteria to be provided and that a full and comprehensive Scoping Study to be agreed with the Local Planning/Highway Authority in order that a comprehensive and robust Transport Assessment that evaluates and determines mitigation measures which alleviate any detrimental impact future development proposals will have on the local highway network and associated road junctions. 

The Councils drainage engineers have advised that there is no watercourse available for the discharge of surface water within the immediate vicinity of the site and consideration for surface water disposal and management will need to be assessed. Investigations into the suitability of the use of soakaways for the disposal of surface water run-oft should be undertaken and assessment made of the potential for disposing of surface water by means of sustainable drainage systems. 

D.ir Cymru Welsh Water has advised that the Cog Moors Waste Water Treatment Works has limited capacity and consultation with DCWW will be required to determine whether improvements to this facility will be required. 

A site specific Agricultural Land Survey undertaken in accordance with the revised guidelines and criteria for grading the quality of agricultural land (MAFF 1988) will be required to confirm land grading. 

The Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust has advised that extensive archaeological evaluation will be required prior to any positive determination of planning applications and that certain areas of the site may need to be retained as open space in order to protect archaeological features. 

The site lies close to the St Nicholas Conservation Area and the Ely Valley and Ridge Slopes Special Landscape Area and future development proposals will be required to ensure that there is no unacceptable effect on these important designations. 
 


 





Transport

6.94 The A48 Bridgend to Culverhouse Cross is recognised  by  the  South  East  Wales Transport  Alliance  as  a  major  strategic transport route that connects Bridgend to Cardiff and the rural Vale to Cardiff and the M4. Whilst this route has been identified as in the top 10 corridors within the Sewta area for bus priority improvements, the route will also  benefit  from  improved  walking  and cycling routes to enhance this strategically important transport corridor and connect the rural  communities  to  the  transport interchange at Culverhouse Cross.


Transport

6.103 The  Sewta  Bus  Strategy  (2007)  includes proposals  to  improve  the  bus  corridor between the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff along the primary road network. The main recommendation  of  the  bus  investment programme  study  was  to  focus  on improvements  to  the  Dinas  Powys, Llandough and Leckwith corridor to Cardiff. The  Steer  Davies  Gleave  Study  2008, expands on the proposals identified within the  Sewta  Bus  Strategy  and  identifies  10 major  corridors  for  bus  priority  measures within  the  Sewta  Region.  The  corridors identified  within  the  Vale  of  Glamorgan, include the Dinas Powys to Cardiff corridor, Culverhouse  Cross  to  the  Airport  corridor and  Bridgend  to  Cardiff  via  A48  and Cowbridge  corridor.  These  routes  are considered more problematic for buses to gain  advantage  over  the  car  due  to congestion  and  volume  of  traffic  which makes the buses sit in the same traffic as the cars. An advantage to buses through bus priority will encourage a switch of transport mode from car to public transport.


Transport

6.111  Land to the east of Bonvilston (MG 2 (37)) – Highway Improvements from A48

Junctions

a. A4232/Cowbridge  Road  W/A4050/A48 Roundabout

c. A48/A4226/Road To North Priority Junction

i. A48/B4265/Road To North Priority Junction


Transport

6.114 The  links  identified  above  will  all  require ‘Corridor Improvement Schemes’ which may include  bus  priority  measures;  additional vehicle  lanes;  new  roads  (by-pass);  cycle ways; high occupancy lanes, VMS Variable Message Signs), one-way roads, etc.  In a similar  way,  the  ‘Junction  Improvement Schemes’  will  include  new  junctions, upgrading  to  signals  or  roundabouts, additional approach/exiting lanes, bus gates, use of intelligent systems, improved signal timings, etc.


Community Infrastructure Levy

6.116 The Council’s Infrastructure Plan incorporates further  details  of  planned  highway improvements  and  delivery  mechanisms, including  through  the  Community Infrastructure Levy


Transport

5.68  The A4226 (Five Mile Lane) connects Barry at the Waycock Cross roundabout with the Sycamore Cross junction on the A48, and comprises an essential part of the highway network leading to the Enterprise Zone. The proposed  Five  Mile  Lane  Highway Improvements  stem  from  the  Welsh Government’s proposals to trunk the route Culverhouse Cross – Sycamore Cross – Five Mile  Lane    Airport.  The  Council  has previously received a Principal Road Grant from the Welsh Government to advance the Five  Mile  Lane  Highway  Improvement Scheme, and to date this work has involved the signalisation of Sycamore Cross junction, as well as initial design and feasibility work together  with  various  environmental assessments. Additional funding is required to  complete  the  development  and implementation  of  this  scheme,  with  WG having announced their commitment to the scheme.


Transport

5.75  The  Sewta  Bus  Strategy  (2007)  includes proposals  to  improve  the  bus  corridor between the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff along the primary road network. The main recommendation  of  the  bus  investment programme  study  was  to  focus  on improvements  to  the  Dinas  Powys, Llandough and Leckwith corridor to Cardiff. 

The  Steer  Davies  Gleave  Study  2008, expands on the proposals identified within the  Sewta  Bus  Strategy  and  identifies  10 major  corridors  for  bus  priority  measures within  the  Sewta  Region.  The  corridors identified  within  the  Vale  of  Glamorgan include the Dinas Powys to Cardiff corridor, Culverhouse  Cross  to  the  Airport  corridor and  Bridgend  to  Cardiff  via  A48  and Cowbridge  corridor.  These  routes  are considered more problematic for buses to gain  advantage  over  the  car  due  to congestion  and  volume  of  traffic  which makes the buses sit in the same traffic as the cars. 

An advantage to buses through bus priority will encourage a switch of transport mode from car to public transport.


Five Mile Lane

6.110 The  Vale  of  Glamorgan  Council  has progressed  environmental  studies  and identified route alignment options in respect of highway safety improvements along Five Mile Lane. The route is an important north-south corridor within the Vale of Glamorgan with poor alignment that contributes to road safety concerns. The studies that have been undertaken have formed the basis for the Council’s current proposals to upgrade the alignment  of  the  Five  Mile  Lane  and undertake  junction  improvements  at Sycamore  Cross  (completed  2013)  and Waycock Cross. The proposals will need to be  the  subject  of  formal  Environmental Impact Assessment and, if approved, would improve  highway  safety,  help  reduce congestion and enhance access to Cardiff Airport and St Athan.


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Ian Perry,
10 Feb 2013, 15:30
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