YES TO £40M CAMPUS DESPITE ACCESS FEARS

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Photo credit: unknown - Plans submitted in January for how the campus will look

A £40m development near Penrhyncoch has been given the go-ahead despite no guarantees that concerns over a narrow access road will be addressed.

The Cambrian News reported “During a consultation into the proposed Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus in the autumn, residents called on Aberystwyth University to widen a “pinch point” which lies between the A4159 crossroads and the IBERS campus at Gogerddan, and which services Penrhyncoch from Aberystwyth, the A44 and A487.

But while the council and local member Cllr Dai Mason urged the university to include the works as part of the application, the university said it would only “consider” providing the land to improve the road and would not carry out the road works itself.

It has emerged this week that Cllr Mason has approved the plans under delegated powers — which allows councillors to approve developments in their own wards without bringing them before the planning committee.

The university has confirmed that the land required to widen the road will be transferred to the county council as part of a section 106 agreement. Questions still remain, however, over what roadworks the council will carry out.

Cllr Mason said: “We were all disappointed by the decision of the university not to include the safety aspect of the pinch point as a priority, after giving positive answers in the last three years that this would be included” here.

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