‘Reality’ of traffic issues near proposed 49-home development proposed for Llandudno

Residents adjacent to a controversial 49-home development have distributed a picture which they say highlights the “traffic mayhem” to come if it goes ahead.

Local activist Ruby Williams, a member of the Nant-y-Gamar group opposed to Anwyl’s scheme in Llandudno, said she wants the photo included as evidence from local residents when the site comes before Conwy county council’s planning committee.

Residents of Nant-y-Gamar Road have said they already live in a “traffic nightmare” and fear the 49-home estate being proposed for Bodafon Fields would turn the area’s roads into “mayhem”.

The site stands next to Ysgol y Gogarth school, which will have 255 pupils from September, and is on the same road as Bodafon Farm Park.

The picture shows the narrow gap between cars parked on either side of the road and residents says it highlights why the current single access/exit point for the new development will cause an even bigger bottleneck.

Ms Williams, who plans to speak up for local residents at the planning meeting, said: “This is Nant-y-Gamar Road between school drop off or pick up times.

“The blue van coming down the hill is exactly where the proposed new access road would join Nant-y-Gamar.

“This is the usual road traffic without the 70 school minibus journeys every day.  

“Surely this must already breach highways and traffic management legislation – this is a residential area.”

There will be six one-bed apartments, 14 two-bed homes, 20 three-bed, seven four-bed and one five-bed property as part of the scheme.

A virtual public meeting was hosted by Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders where concerns about the development were raised, including the traffic issues.

She believes the development should not go ahead at all and questioned why the land was being used at all.

The location has been the subject of protests against developments there in the past but a public inquiry ruled the area can be used for new homes.

It has since been classified as a “housing contingency site” within the current Local Development Plan (LDP).

Ms Williams said it’s “not worth wasting our breath” trying to oppose the housing scheme but claims the entrance and exit to the site will cause major traffic issues once homes are occupied.

A pre-planning public consultation spanning April and May was held inviting comments from locals during which Phil Dolan, managing director of Anwyl Homes, said “feedback would help shape the final detail” of the scheme.

However the planning application, lodged with Conwy council planners last month, still shows the single access/exit point in the same position.

Conwy county councillor Frank Bradfield (Craig-y-Don ward) also objects to the scheme and said he was “behind housing those who need homes 110 per cent but these 49 houses are not for the homeless”.

He continued: “On every front Conwy and Llandudno are being let down and I am told there were no objections from the environment, education, social services or highways departments.

“That is hard to fathom because I as a lay person could talk for ages on the value of the fields to plants, insects, wildlife and birds or on the needs of children with less abilities, some having complex needs, who have a right to education the same as children who are fit and healthy.”

Cllr Bradfield urged residents to write to the planning department at Conwy county council quoting the planning reference 0/48610.

He added: “This is a people’s issue not just a residents’ one as these fields are known and loved worldwide and I don’t think anybody has a moral right to destroy Llandudno’s image to the world.”

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno