Wales

Roads upgrade as 245 Bangor homes get go ahead

The proposed development
Image caption The development's approval was deferred in July to resolve traffic worries

Plans for 245 homes in Bangor in Gwynedd have been given the go ahead by planners.

Developer Redrow is to make a contribution towards upgrades of local roads after concerns were expressed.

The new housing at Penrhosgarnedd on former grazing land includes 86 affordable homes.

The new plans will also address worries by heritage body Cadw over the nearby Goetre Uchaf Barrow ancient monument.

The development will involve 80 four-bedroom houses, 119 three-bedroom houses, 22 two-bedroom houses, four one-bedroom flats and 20 two-bedroom flats.

Planners deferred a decision on the scheme in July after concerns were raised about the effect on roads.

The meeting on Monday heard Flintshire-based Redrow would pay a contribution towards likely upgrades of the Ysbyty Gwynedd roundabout, a new crossing at Ffordd Penrhos and an improvement to the cycling network.

The report before councillors said: "The situation regarding the effect of the development on the local road network has been difficult and complex to solve."

'Disrespectful'

Upgrades to roads at the roundabout area at Parc Menai and near the Faenol hill might also be needed.

The Goetre Uchaf Barrow monument is on part of the land.

The heritage body Cadw had objected to initial plans which were said to create the impression of a roundabout around the site, which was called "disrespectful".

But it is happy a wider space between the monument and the development will now be created.

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