Millfield supermarket development given green light by Welsh Government
The Welsh Labour Government have yet again over-ruled the Council's planning committee and allowed on appeal an application for a Lidl store on the former Millfield depot site.
The application, on the site next to Ysgol Evan James was turned down by RCT because
'The proposed development if allowed would result in additional traffic and vehicular turning movements at the proposed junction with the A4058 where traffic is merging into a single lane to the detriment of highway safety and the free flow of traffic.'
The news has met with a mixed reaction from residents and local businesses.
Welsh Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Pontypridd Cllr Mike Powell said
"It is good to see businesses wanting to move into Pontypridd and competition is healthy in that it keeps prices competitive and gives people choice as to where they want to shop.
"However, many businesses in particular feel that this development which is yet again on the outskirts of the town will detract even more from the town centre. The precinct there has yet to be developed despite several false starts over the years and a substantial number of outlets remain empty.
"It is also unfortunate that yet again local democracy is being swept aside. The development control committee turned down this application for what they felt were sound reasons on the grounds of highways safety. Local residents and indeed Councillors may well feel aggrieved that decisions taken in RCT have been overturned by the Labour Minister in Cardiff Bay."