Saturday, December 01, 2007

Planning Meeting December 5 2007

Ruperra Planning Application is scheduled to be presented to the Planning Committee on Wednesday December 5 2007 at the Council Offices in Pontllanfraith at 5 pm. The County planners are recommending its approval with deferment for the completion of a Section 106 agreement to secure conditions. The Trust hopes that the councillors will refuse consent.

Once again information has been sent to each councillor on the planning committee, emphasising that 1. the scheduled status of the Castle indicates that the whole site requires protection on a par with Caerphilly Castle, Stonehenge and many other Scheduled Ancient Monuments. 2 consolidation of the monument as a ruin in a public park and garden could access huge amounts of public funding and is already applied to many ancient monuments. 3 members should not assume that the existing owner is the only possible saviour of the castle and should realise that his proposals are not an enabling development,but an irresponsible business adventure taking cynical advantage of the long standing plight of Ruperra castle. 4. the application is going ahead without Listed Building consent or Scheduled Ancient Monument consent or a full archaeological report

Ruperra Conservation Trust will be giving a presentation at the meeting and it would be good if as many people as possible could attend this meeting to show the strength of local support. If you hope to attend please would you check this weblog before hand to make sure that the meeting is going ahead. There have been so many false alarms. Also please try to arrive early.

Once again it would be good to meet up at the nearby Penllwyn Manor after the meeting.
Pat Moseley
Ruperra Conservation Trust

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