The story so far ...

Neath Port Talbot Unitary Development Plan (UDP) Was issued for consultation in 2005.

A site at Leiros Parc was identified for the development of 200 homes. This proposal received over 600 objections.

The Bryncoch Farm site received 1 objection from the landowner - because of its INCLUSION in the green wedge.

A nearby small site received 1 objection by the landowner for the same reason.

The National Assembly appointed an Inspector who held a public enquiry June-October 2005

An appraisal of alternative sites reviewed and rejected by the council was issued to the inspector at the start of the enquiry. One of the sites was for 2000+ homes between Bryncoch and Fforest Goch. The site stretched to the Ty Llwyd road on one side and about four fields to the other side of the main A474.

On July 26th 2006 a part report on housing was issued to the council at the instigation of the council. It included the recommendation to remove Leiros Parc and include an area of 8.5Ha of Bryncoch farm. It also recommended moving the Settlement limit of Bryncoch to the river Clydach removing a further 3.75Ha from the green wedge.

The enquiry formally closed on August 10th 2006. No questions could be asked at this meeting and as far as we can ascertain no councillors were made aware of the recommendation at this stage.

Subsequently officers of the council recommended approval of most of the Inspectorís recommendations including the development of Bryncoch farm and the moving of the settlement limit.

A vote of the full council on March 21st 2007 approved the officers recommendations to amend the UDP.

A public meeting was called by councillor John Bryant on March 31st to inform the community of the councilís vote.

The first meeting of the Bryncoch Action committee was held on April 10th.

The Objection period closed on August 2nd - the Council have since confirmed 2699 objections were received. It is anticipated that the Council will review the Objections during August / September.

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