Village to Be Ruined by Unsuitable Build

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), March 18, 2016 | Go to article overview

Village to Be Ruined by Unsuitable Build


THE Sunday Times recently published its interpretation of the ten best places to live in Wales. While recognising the potential risk of subjectivity behind its analysis, hopefully the publication will stimulate some interesting discussion regarding the way in which much-needed housing should be developed across the country.

Many of the "top ten" locations are to be expected, although the attraction of some of the smaller locations are probably known to few outside the local community. One such location is my home village, Colwinston, in the Vale of Glamorgan.

So why should Colwinston be singled out for such an accolade? There is no simple answer. What I do know is that Colwinston is a small, attractive, historic village of just over 100 dwellings perfectly set in the lush, rolling farmland of the Vale. The village has developed slowly over time, with great care being taken to build upon the unique characteristics of its location, to preserve the surrounding countryside and open spaces, and to involve and bring together the varied backgrounds of the local community to generate a spirit and quality of life that is difficult to match.

Sadly, this situation might not last for much longer. The council's decision to allow a developer to build a new housing estate of 64 properties in the centre of the village, on agricultural land surrounding the village's primary school, is likely to change the character and feel of the village forever. …

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