Town council opposes castle build and 91 Tutshill houses

By Nigel Walrond   |   Sports Editor   |
Friday 19th January 2018 1:48 pm
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CHEPSTOW Town Council’s planning committee has voiced its objections to plans for a residential development in Tutshill and a café next to Chepstow Castle.

In a meeting last week, the committee confirmed its decision made under delegated powers in December to oppose the reserved matters for a 91 house development on land north of Gloucester Road.

The town council reiterated its concerns about the problems the 91 new houses would cause with regard to local infrastructure.

However, as the outline planning permission for this application has already been granted, the development is likely to go ahead with only issues surrounding access, parking, landscaping and associated infrastructure yet to be approved.

The committee also objected to a revised application for a two storey riverside café at the back of Chepstow Castle car park. The building would also serve as terminal building for river cruises.

The application was originally submitted and approved by Monmouthshire County Council in 2007 but the new proposal adds a second storey and the café.

Councillor Dale Rooke highlighted the main concern of the councillors, he said: “The biggest problem is the sighting of it as it sits so close to the castle, it will detract from the view from the Wye Bridge.”

Councillor Yvonne Havard also noted: “We can’t afford to lose even six spaces from the car park”.

The committee also highlighted the flood risk raised by Natural Resources Wales in its objection.

Both projects will now go before their respective district councils in the coming months, with Monmouthshire County Council to discuss the car park build, and the Forest of Dean District Council to debate the Tutshill build.

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