Development’s residents unlikely to be bothered by railway vibrations

FUTURE residents living in 77 new homes proposed for wasteland in Llandudno will be unlikely to be bothered by vibrations from a nearby railway, claims a planning survey submitted by developers.

Conwy County Council has received and registered a planning application from Lane End Development Construction Ltd, who submitted the survey measuring vibration levels next to the railway.

The survey follows Lane End Developments Construction Ltd being given unanimous backing by Conwy councillors in January to build 21 houses and 56 apartments on Oxford Road in the centre of Llandudno.

But the developers were told they must provide proof of appropriate vibration levels before they were given the green light, and this application for the removal of the condition will now be considered by Conwy’s planning department.

 

A Transport for Wales train at Llandudno train station.

A Transport for Wales train at Llandudno train station.

 

The developer has also submitted two separate applications for the discharge of planning conditions, having completed a geo-environmental assessment of the land.

The survey concluded that a period of 24-hour monitoring had taken place measuring vibration, or VDV levels, which were recorded as falling ‘well below’ the lower recommended thresholds.

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The report reads, “These vibration levels, measured at a location representative of the nearest new dwellings, clearly indicate that adverse comments from future residents are not expected.”

The vacant site lies close to Llandudno Railway Station and the town’s Asda supermarket.

 

The entrance to Oxford Road on the left with Llandudno train station on the right. Image: Google StreetView

The entrance to Oxford Road on the left with Llandudno train station on the right. Image: Google StreetView

 

The affordable homes are backed by social landlord ClwydAlyn. The same developer was also granted permission to build five light industrial units on the same land on the western side of Builder Street.The two-storey, red-bricked houses will be both detached and semi-detached, and the designs for the contemporary four-storey apartment block are described as having a square and ‘bulky’ look, finished with dark grey tile and black zinc/metal cladding.The development will feature landscaping, including a lawn, hedgerow and ornamental planting, and is expected to take between 18-24 months to complete. Work is scheduled to begin next month. 

Planning officers initially advised the committee should refuse the application because the brownfield site was earmarked as industrial land for employment.Earlier applications by the developer were put on hold whilst the Welsh Government considered calling the matter in.The developers then reduced the number of dwellings from their earlier application from 89 to 77, and conditional permission was granted.

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno