The Council has received full planning permission to redevelop Rhos Square (known locally as Guto Square) in Mountain Ash Town Centre as part of a regeneration scheme.
The latest development will contribute to increasing the number of parking spaces, and improving public facilities and the visual appearance of the area – by removing an eyesore section of derelict land.
On April 4, the Planning and Development Committee approved the Council’s application. The proposals will increase the number of short-stay parking spaces to 30 from the 23 currently at Henry Street North Car Park – along with improvements to the toilet block and public square, introducing decorative block paving, a small landscaped area along Oxford Street and six public benches.
These plans include utilising a derelict parcel of land to the north of Rhos Square. The land, in private ownership, has remained unused for many years – and the Council will now move to the next stage of its compulsory purchase.
Under the proposals, this land would be resurfaced along with the current pedestrian access between the existing car park and Oxford Street – to create 15 new parking spaces. The current Henry Street North Car Park would also be resurfaced and reconfigured to provide 15 parking spaces and five cycle stands. Public footways surrounding the site would be upgraded.
An Officer report to Thursday’s Committee meeting recommended the application for approval to Members. It highlighted that there has been no interest in developing the derelict plot of land – while the wider scheme would help alleviate current on-street parking problems in the Town Centre, along with improving the vitality and visitor experience of the retail area.
Members are asked to determine the planning application outlined below:
APPLICATION NO: 19/0015/08 (MF) APPLICANT: Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC
DEVELOPMENT: Redevelopment of Rhos Square (Guto Square) to increase the number of car parking spaces from 23 no. to 30 no. LOCATION: RHOS SQUARE (GUTO SQUARE), OXFORD STREET, MOUNTAIN ASH, CF45 3HB DATE REGISTERED: 04/01/2019
ELECTORAL DIVISION: Mountain Ash West
Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2019