A PLANNING application for a 245-home development in Penrhosgarnedd has been given the green light.
Gwynedd Council planning committee approved the plans by developer Redrow Homes on Monday (September 2) to build the development near Ffordd Crywys.
Opponents to the developments fear the extra homes will now bring additional traffic problems and disruption to the area.
Penrhosgarnedd resident, Julia Roberts, said: "I'm disappointed really. There wasn't interest in anything we had to say, because Redrow has all the money. In a sense, we feel that they've been bought.
"It's busy all the time, not just in the morning and people coming home from work. It's been horriffic since the school started again. Statistically there can potentially be 400-500 more cars on the road, and they're just going to exacerbate the problems on the A55.
"It's the biggest development ever, of this scale, in Bangor. It's going to take years of building, it's going to be horrific."
In response to traffic concerns, Redrow has vowed to build a roundabout and access road in an attempt to alleviate the traffic congestion.
Paul Sinclair, technical director for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “We’re delighted to have been granted planning consent to build 245 new homes in Penrhosgarnedd.
“This development will boost the local economy with hundreds of new jobs during construction, and would typically be expected to stimulate the creation of dozens more long term jobs in the service sector to meet the needs of new residents, e.g. in shops, healthcare and education.
“We understand the concerns from residents with regard to traffic and we will continue to work with them to alleviate those concerns.
"We will work with the community to ensure that disruption will be kept to a minimum and Redrow will not shirk our responsibilities in that regard.”