Plans to build 17 homes at former Bronllys primary school site

Powys County Council’s housing service has submitted plans to build a housing development on the site of the former Bronllys school near Brecon.

Their agent, Barrie Davies, of Asbri Planning Ltd explained that the application is for 17 homes and all the associated works.

In a planning, design and access statement, Mr Davies said: “The brief from the outset was to redevelop this brownfield site to provide much-needed affordable housing to address the social housing need in this area.

“The development would need to be high quality, energy efficient and comprise of a central communal green space.

“While Bronllys has access to mains gas, the proposals seek to tackle fuel poverty and address the climate emergency by providing energy efficient substitutes including solar and air source heat pumps.”

They say that the 17 homes would contribute to Powys’ vision of building 250 homes by 2025.

Asbri Planning said: “The new estate street will form a continuation of Neuadd Terrace to the south of the roads existing termination point.”

A new road would provide access to 12 of the houses.

The last two plots would be accessed from the existing Neuadd Terrace estate road.

Entry to the remaining three would be via a private drive in the location of the former school’s main entrance.

The houses would be a mix of one and two storey and are meant to be “affordable in nature”.

Asbri say this will appeal to a wide range of people.

Potentially there are three types of open space at the site, with a sensory garden, a wetland area with a small pond and a community garden all part of the proposal.

The wetland is seen as a measure to make up for the loss of the current pond there.

Bronllys along with Talgarth Primary School, closed it’s doors on August 31, 2017, as part of a school reorganisation programme in Powys.

A new 150 place community primary school , Ysgol Y Mynydd Du (The Black Mountain primary school) was opened in Talgarth to take pupils from both schools.

At the time of closure, Bronllys had 32 pupils and Talgarth 56 pupils.

Ysgol Y Mynydd Du was built in the hope that pupil numbers in the area would increase as a number of new housing developments are supposed to take place in the area in the near future.

Because the application has been lodged by the council itself, it should be decided at a future meeting of the county council's planning committee.

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