Locals raise fears new homes plan could harm Welsh language community in Pembrokeshire
Locals have raised fears that a plan for new homes in Pembrokeshire could harm a Welsh language community.
Wales and West Housing Association has applied to build 23 homes in Eglwyswrw, which is a rare example of a predominantly Welsh speaking village in the county.
Of the 165 residents in the village, around 60% are Welsh speaking, which makes it proportionately the highest Welsh speaking community in Pembrokeshire.
The community council has strongly objected to the move by the housing association, which would lead to an increase of 35% in its population.
The housing association would like to build four one-bed apartments, three one-bedroom bungalows, six two-bedroom houses, six two-bedroom bungalows and four three-bedroom houses.
In a letter from the community council objecting to the development, it is claimed that there is no mention of the potential impact on the Welsh language or a language impact assessment, in the plan, which is required by the Local Development Plan policies.
‘Welsh cultural heritage is fragile’
The letter says: “Welsh cultural heritage is fragile to say the least and this could only harm its future if a large percentage of the proposed inhabitants are not Welsh speaking first language families.”
According to the community council objection, there is no proven need for this kind of housing in the area.
It also says that the development is not “proportionate in scale and nature to the settlement in which it is located”.
County councillor Cris Tomos has objected to the application for similar reasons, telling the Western Telegraph: “This proposal brings nothing to the village of Eglwyswrw, not even a play area for the children of the development or the village.”
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No more second homes in wales 🏴
Its a housing association wanting to build them- how is that second homes. The councils need to make there minds up do they want houses for welsh people or just to complain there are none.
No play areas for children should ring a bell.
West of England housing association + Wales (afterthought).
NGJ said – ” Its a housing association wanting to build them- how is that second homes.” Good question that. However if you looked beyond the camouflage of H.A you will find that down in Wild West Wales anything goes and H.A’s have been building houses for private buyers for a long time. WWHA acquired via the influence of the Bay regime a local H.A in Newcastle Emlyn a few years ago and are now expanding their activity just as others in North Sir Benfro have already been doing. These people are letting rip using public money for private gains.… Read more »
Swamping a Welsh village with new build is not the appropriate solution to a housing crisis caused by Welsh homes being snapped up by outsiders. It’s self-evident that Wales needs.Welsh-Government-sanctioned control of the “housing market” in this country. Down-voting pro-Wales comments won’t get you round this fact.
Wait – 1 in 3 articles on here is complaining about a lack of homes (for those who think they are entitled to them without having to work for it) and now a housing association is trying to build some and you don’t want them?
Give me strength.