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MSs call for more consideration of environmental impact of major housing developments

17 Aug 2023 2 minute read
Plaid Cymru’s Peredur Owen Griffiths and Delyth Jewell visiting a major housing development in Caerffili.

Plaid Cymru MSs Peredur Owen Griffiths and Delyth Jewell have called for greater consideration to be given to the environment when considering large housing developments.

The Senedd Members for South Wales East made the comments during a site visit to a large housing development site on a former golf course at Virginia Park in Caerffili.

Some residents have complained that site work has disturbed contaminated materials that had been landscaped over during the construction of the golf course decades ago.

The site is one of a number of housing developments that have been given planning permission in the Caerffili basin in recent years which have sparked complaints about the increasing density of housing and more traffic.


Delyth Jewell said: “We all need housing and somewhere to live, but it must be balanced against the environmental impacts. We cannot keep just keep building regardless of the environmental cost.

“Often water courses can be contaminated, and leachate is a real issue to local residents. Products used in housing developments can be damaging to the environment and the risk must be managed to avoid impacts on natural habitats.”

Peredur Griffiths added: “Too much concentrated development can have adverse impacts on fragile eco systems.

“Noise, dirt, vibration, air quality are a nuisance in the building phase but chemicals, contaminated water, waste products and run off can all cause issues into the wider area.”

He added: “Often, incidents occur, and enforcement can take place, but all too often the damage is impacting into the longer term. Eroding natural habitats, damaging ecology in the area.”

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Another Richard
Another Richard
11 months ago

So Peredur Evans argues against “concentrated development”. Would he prefer development to be spread out, with all the consequences that would have for traffic, provision of public services and so on? If not, what sort of development would he like to see?

11 months ago

Replacing golf courses (huge expanses of land used for recreation almost exclusively by private members clubs for the rich) with new housing is exactly what this country needs imo.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
10 months ago
Reply to  Jack

So long as it’s genuinely affordable social housing!

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