PLANS to build housing on a greenfield site in a Monmouthshire village could gain approval next week, despite some concerns over the size of the proposed development.

An outline planning application to build up to 11 homes on an area of vacant land off Clearview Court in Shirenewton has been recommended for approval by Monmouthshire council planning chiefs.

The proposed scheme is mixed use, with seven houses planned to be sold on the open market while four houses would be offered as affordable housing.

Six letters of objection have been lodged, with concerns the scale of development is 'inappropriate ' for the size of Shirenewton.

Worries include that the development could bring an increase in traffic at a junction with "limited visibility" and that the area's school is said to be oversubscribed.

Ward councillor Louise Brown also has concerns about the suitability of the location for the proposed development.


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The council's highways officer has lodged an objection due to concerns the existing road to Thistledown Barn which would serve three of the new homes is 'unsatisfactory.'

Writing in a planning report the highways officer says the road is an 'inappropriate' size and does not meet highway safety requirements.

However a new access road proposed to serve the remaining eight homes of the development is supported by highways officers.

A public footpath would also be built along the frontage onto Clearview Court and into the estate under the plans.

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An aerial view of the site

Shirenewton Community Council has called for confirmation that nothing will be allowed to be built in the gardens of some of the homes which would be outside of the Local Development Plan.

But other concerns the community council raised - around the layout of the houses and drainage issues - have been answered.

A planning report says the principle of housing on the 1.62-hectare site has already been established as the majority of it is located within the village's development boundary.

Recommending approval, the report says: "The principle of constructing eleven dwellings within this site is acceptable and the provision of the much-needed affordable dwellings is welcomed."

Monmouthshire councillors will decide the application at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, May 7.