More than 150 homes, a new hotel and a restaurant have been given planning approval in Anglesey as part of the £20m expansion of a college campus.

A new hotel, a restaurant and an engineering centre are also included in the Coleg Menai development in Llangefni

5th July 2017

150 homes approved in £20m Anglesey college expansion

A new hotel, a restaurant and an engineering centre are also included in the Coleg Menai development in Llangefni

More than 150 homes, a new hotel and a restaurant have been given planning approval in Anglesey as part of the £20m expansion of a college campus.

Coleg Menai also want to build an engineering centre at their Llangefni campus to help train some of the 8,500 construction workers and 1,000 permanent staff who will be needed at the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant.

The 60-bedroom hotel and restaurant will be used to train catering staff for businesses across the island.

At this afternoon's meeting of Anglesey council's planning committee, members approved the plans despite some objections from local residents.

Dr Huw Idris Jones, who spoke on behalf of people living on nearby Ffordd Penmynydd, said they did not object to the engineering centre but feared the rest of the proposals would represent overdevelopment.

"In our view, the infrastructure of the town cannot cope with such a sudden increase in population, which will put additional strain on services and GPs," he said.

"We're also concerned about the impact on wildlife, specifically red squirrels, which are known to reside in the area."

Dafydd Evans, of Coleg Menai, said they had attracted significant funding to move the project ahead, which he feared could be lost if there were delays at the planning stage.

"We have amended our plans to try and work with local residents, including planting trees to act as a screen," he said.

"This, we believe, is a golden opportunity for the people of Anglesey and North Wales as a whole to secure valuable skills."

Planning officer Dewi Francis Jones said officers were satisfied that the benefits greatly outweighed the negatives, but accepted that "there was no such thing as a perfect planning application".

Resident of Penmynydd road, Llangefni who are apposed to the plans to build new homes and hotel near the Coleg Menai campus.

Some residents have objected to the plans (Image: Arwyn Roberts)

He said: "This will bring benefits to the area as well as help some of our own young people stay in their communities and keep the Welsh language going.

"The town council are also in favour and 54% of the 153 homes will be designated as affordable."

Cllr Dylan Rees said that, while he was in favour of the development in principle, he did share some concerns over the impact on wildlife and local services.

The college expansion's construction phase alone is expected to create around 80 full-time jobs, with the new engineering centre, hotel, restaurant and café creating another 34 full-time permanent roles.

The 153 homes, which are outline plans, will be spread across four sites.

Planning officers had recommended the plans be approved as long as certain conditions were met.

These included the developers contributing around £400,000 to the education department's coffers due to the extra strain on nearby schools, and a section 106 agreement being signed which would designate half the homes as "affordable".

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