PLANS for up to 94 houses on land beside Parc y Scarlets have been unanimously approved.
Carmarthenshire Council’s planning committee heard that up to 19 of the properties would be affordable.
Applicant Tata Steel will donate £173,000 for an upgrade of a play and open space area at Tir Einon Park – to include a multi-use games area – and also contribute £183,500 towards education and highways facilities.
Committee members had previously deferred the outline application in order to visit the site.
Access will be from Maes-Ar-Ddafen Road, and planning officers said the development would have a negligible impact on surrounding road junctions.
Written concerns about drainage and surface water had been raised by objectors, but the planning officers’ report said the surface water scheme proposed was a considerable improvement on the current capacity.
Speaking at the committee meeting, Robert Dodd, who lives near the eastern edge of the development site, said townhouses of up to three storeys high would directly overlook his rear bedroom window.
To mitigate this “loss of privacy”, Mr Dodd asked if a row of trees could be planted between his bungalow and the houses, or if the houses nearest his could be single storey.
“It is not too much to ask,” he said.
A number of councillors said they felt Mr Dodd’s request was reasonable, but it would only be considered when Tata Steel submitted a reserved matters planning application covering design and layout.
The two-hectare site is on land earmarked for housing under Carmarthenshire’s current development plan.
It was originally part of a much bigger chunk of land which was the subject of an application for up to 280 houses, but the larger part of it was omitted after environment body Natural Resources Wales identified flood risks.
Councillor Deryk Cundy, who is a ward member for neighbouring Bynea and is not on the planning committee, said “it is a time for a moratorium” on housebuilding in the east of Llanelli to assess the cumulative impacts of several development schemes.
Committee member, Councillor Kevin Madge, said he feared parking “chaos” for the new residents on Scarlets match days and when the stadium hosted concerts.
Council officers said there was sufficient parking elsewhere for rugby supporters and concert-goers, and that control over indiscriminate parking was limited.
Officers also said roads within the planned new estate would be of an adoptable standard, and that good cycle and walking links would be provided, including a link from Maes-Ar-Ddafen Road to the rear of Parc Pemberton.