There are fears about the impact that plans to build 400 houses near a quarry in Rhondda Cynon Taf will have on the area.

Hendy Quarry just off the A4119 in Miskin is owned by Tarmac and there are proposals to extract some more limestone from the quarry as well as building 400 houses and a school.

It is currently at the pre-application stage, with no official application having been submitted to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council yet.

It comes after 460 houses were approved for the nearby Cefn yr Hendy site despite the local community’s efforts to obtain village green status for that land.

And residents fear that this new planned development could ruin their village and the surrounding area.

Cyrus Ginwalla has lived in Miskin for 15 years and worries what impact the development, along with the Cefn yr Hendy development, will have on the area.

He said the community had tried to object to the proposals on the other side of Miskin and even put in an application for village green status but this was unsuccessful.

He added that there was meant to be infrastructure put in place such as a bypass, schools, doctors surgeries and works on Pontyclun railway station but none of that has come to fruition.

Mr Ginwalla said: “It will just absolutely decimate the area. The infrastructure struggles to cope as it is already.

“We struggle now. The area just can’t cope.”

He mentioned the impact that the use of the nearby driving test centre and the construction vehicles associated with the development would have on local roads.

“It is going to just kill the area. It is actually going to make Miskin slightly less attractive to live in.

“Every bit of green field we have just seems to be swallowed up for housing.”

He also said residents never find out whether other areas can be developed and why it always has to be around them.

“There is a lack of engagement with the local community as well. There doesn’t seem to be any engagement at an early stage with residents to try and understand the impact.

“As local residents we will vociferously fight this. We certainly wouldn’t tolerate another application for another housing development that further impacts Miskin and Hendy.

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Councillor Kate Libby Jones, who represents Pontyclun on RCT Council, said the proposals are “extremely worrying” to see even though they’re only at the pre-application stage and that she no confidence in the planning committee.

“If successful, Miskin will see two major development sites within earshot of one another. We cannot sustain one so to entertain a second is most certainly ludicrous.

“We all saw first-hand in 2018 how the planning committee gave little weight to the Local Development Plan (LDP) when coming to their decision on the Cefn Yr Hendy Application.

“Certain conditions which had been imposed on that particular site within the LDP, like a school and the grade-separated junction, were merely tossed aside."

Councillor Kate Jones of Pontyclun

She added: “We saw the planning committee dismiss reports from the council’s own highways department which clearly set out that the A4119 was close to capacity yet somehow outline planning was still granted.

“Unfortunately, we do not have the infrastructure to support developments of these sizes and in my view it is extremely disappointing to see our own planning committee not being more responsible in their decision-making.

“‘I will be objecting to any further plans for development along the A4119.”

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A spokesman for Tarmac said: “Tarmac has held initial discussions with RCT Council on the feasibility of delivering a new development on the site of Hendy Quarry, which we have owned and operated since 2001.

“Following these initial discussions, we recently held a series of online meetings with local representatives to ask them about their views on the future of the site, and the strengths and weaknesses of potential development options.

“Once we have developed our proposals further, we will be holding a full consultation, including a public exhibition, to seek the views of the local community, which we will use to shape any new planning applications we make in the future."