Leading UK environmental consultancy, SLR Consulting has secured planning permission for 50 new homes on a brownfield site in Blaencwm for Glaister Russell Developments.

The two, three and four bedrooms homes (28 units on Phase 1 and 22 units on Phase 2) will be built on 1.5 hectares comprising of two plots of former colliery and railway land.

The schemes, managed in-house by SLR, include improvements to the local road network, funding for the improvement of the adjoining open space and children’s play area, as well as upgrading the local footpath network.

The land had been vacant for some years prior to its acquisition by the Cardiff-based developer which recognised the significant potential it offers for enhancing Blaencwm. Despite the current economic downturn, Glaister Russell is taking a long term approach to residential development in the Rhondda Valley and is committed to pursuing the scheme.

The planning applications were accompanied by detailed highways and ecological assessments, as well as a Design Statement referred to by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council as an exemplar of ‘Good Practice’ within their Supplementary Planning Guidance on Design Statements.

SLR senior planner Sean Taylor, who managed both applications, said: “SLR is delighted to have gained planning permission for the development at Blaencwm and is looking forward to working with Glaister Russell to ensure the effective implementation of the scheme.”

Notes to Editors:

· SLR Consulting is one of the fastest growing and most profitable environmental consultants in the UK with over 700 employees working from 22 offices in the UK and Ireland and 26 offices in USA and Canada. It has a broad base of blue chip customers in energy, waste management, planning and development, manufacturing, mining and financial sectors. www.slrconsulting.com

· Architects Powel Dodson were also involved in the planning and supplied the attached images.

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