PLANS to build affordable “homes for life” in Caldicot have been recommended for approval by local authority planners.

The four modern bungalows proposed by Monmouthshire Housing Association would replace garages that have since been demolished in Elm Road.

Architects from Cardiff University have designed the scheme, which forms part of the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme.

“The proposed dwellings have been designed as part of a larger project to build homes for life,” a planning report reads.

“The design of the dwellings has been carefully considered to ensure high energy efficiency and to ensure there is versatility to adapt to change depending on the occupiers’ circumstances.”

The bungalows would be made with a ‘Euroclad’ metal raised seam roof, with the external walls finished in white render and openings constructed with grey-coloured aluminium.

Each of the homes would have a private courtyard at the rear of the property, with five car parking spaces on site.

But issues have been raised about the loss of the garages for residents, together with concerns of increased on-street parking in an already congested area.

A statement from Dewstow councillor Tony Easson in the report reads: “I afford my support to the four mews properties planned, with misgivings at the increase in street traffic and parking that the development may well create.

“The decision to bound off the development on four sides with close boarded fencing does leave some questions to be answered.

The application will be considered by Monmouthshire County Council’s planning committee at 2pm on Tuesday May 1.