CAMPAIGN AGAINST EXTRA-CARE PLAN BUILDS SUPPORT

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An artist's impression of the proposed new housing scheme

AN OLDER people’s group objecting to plans for a 50-apartment care housing scheme near the harbour in Aberystwyth has received support from a town councillor.

The Cambrian News reported “Wales and West Housing Association can build seven apartments at the site of the former Plas Morolwg building after reaching agreement with planners over several issues, but the next stage of the plan will see an extra-care scheme of 50 apartments for older people.

The application for the second phase is expected to be submitted shortly, but has come under fire from the Aberystwyth 50+ Forum Committee who said the site is “not suitable for such a development.”

The forum argue that “access to the site is unfit for people with limited mobility”, the site is “too small” and would not provide gardens, and the large-scale building would be “out of keeping with its surroundings.”

The forum’s views received the backing of town councillor Mair Benjamin at a meeting of Aberystwyth Town Council last Monday, but several councillors welcomed the scheme and wanted it to press ahead.

Cllr Benjamin told members: “There are real concerns over this.

“It is not a suitable site for social housing and extra care.

“It needs to be somewhere else.”

Cllr Brenda Haines said there were not other options and said the site meant it would be “close to services” for residents.

Cllr Alun Williams said it was “essential to build social housing in the town”.

“The need for an appropriate, modern facility to cater for the demands of elderly and vulnerable people in the town is there,” he said.

“This is the land that is available so this what the housing association is working with” here.

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