PLANS for a 29 house estate in Bontnewydd have been given the green light by councillors on Gwynedd council’s planning committee.

Members of the committee, meeting in Dolgellau today, heard that officers recommended the granting of planning permission after concerns from the village’s community council had been overcome.

The proposed scheme includes a mix of 29 homes in a mix of three to four bed houses and two bed apartments.

Applicant, Watkin Jones, sought permission for the development at Lôn Cefnwerthyd, Bontnewydd.

Officers noted that planning permission for 26 homes already exists on the same site since 2009, with officers of the opinion it would not cause undue harm.

The application had been due to be considered by the committee in March but had been deferred until a meeting was held between the developer and the

community council.

The community council wrote to the committee after that meeting to say it now supported the plans as it improved on the original application as the entrance and water drainage plan had been changed and a better location for the playground had been found.

One resident with a neighbouring property continued to object however, over a loss of amenity from the development.

Nine of the properties would be affordable including six two bedroom flats and three of the three bedroom houses.

A report before members of the committee concluded: “Having considered the assessment and all the material planning matters, including local and national policies and guidance, as well as the observations received, including objections, it is considered that the application to erect new housing on land designated specifically for such a residential development, is acceptable.

“Consideration should also be given to the site’s planning history namely an extant planning permission to erect 26 houses. It is considered that the proposal satisfies the relevant requirements of local and national policies as noted in the report.”

Tywyn county councillor, Anne Lloyd Jones, said: “I think this is a good example of where we have gone back to have discussions and improvements have been made. The community council is happy now. There is one person who is not happy but I do think it will not have much impact on him.”

Members of the committee voted unanimously in favour of granting planning permission.