PLANS FOR APARTMENT BLOCK TO BE RECONSIDERED

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Cambrian News photographer - The flats at Plas Morolwg were demolished in 2015

PLANS for seven apartments at the former Plas Morolwg site in Aberystwyth must be reconsidered to win backing from Ceredigion County Council planners, a report has said.

The Cambrian News reported “Wales and West Housing Association has lodged plans to build seven apartments at part of the site as the first stage of developing the whole site with future plans including a possible extra care housing scheme.

But members of Ceredigion council’s development control committee will be asked to defer the application for “further negotiations” after concerns were raised over the appearance and scale of the proposed block, including concerns from Aberystwyth Town Council.

An objection has also been lodged by Dwr Cymru over drainage issues.

The scheme would see a four-storey block containing seven apartments but, along with the concerns from the town council, 15 letters of objection have been lodged claiming that the building is too large and will be an “eyesore and out of character and unsympathetic to the area”.

That has prompted a planning officer to ask members of the committee to defer a decision, but give the head of lifestyle services the power to approve it if a suitable scheme can be agreed.

A report says: “The planning authority have been in discussions with the developers in order to seek a satisfactory resolution regarding overcoming the disparity in height between the building and the adjoining bungalow but at time of writing this issue of concern remains unresolved” here.

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