Letters setting out the decision and how it was reached were sent to objectors to the scheme yesterday (6 December) by officials in the Assembly Government’s Planning Division.
A request to revoke the planning permission, which had been granted on 11 April 2007, was made on 1 June 2007 by a local objector to the development. In addition to this request a petition was also submitted to the National Assembly for Wales and passed to the Welsh Assembly Government on 26 September 2007 asking either for the planning decision to be reversed, or that any revised application should be bound by law to include a 500 metre buffer zone between the site and homes and schools.
These requests were considered at the same time and the petition taken into account as part of the process.
The information submitted in support of the revocation request included a Health Impact Assessment. Consultations were carried out by the Assembly Government Planning Division not only with appropriate professional officers within the Assembly Government but also with qualified officials and bodies, including the Health Protection Agency, the National Public Health Service and the Local Planning Authority, outside of the Assembly Government.
Having examined all the submitted representations, taken the advice of consultees, and considered all other relevant matters, it was considered that it had not been shown that the planning permission for the Ffos-y-Fran scheme was grossly wrong and concluded that the permission should not be revoked for this or any other reason.
Assembly Government policy is that a permission will only be revoked or modified where the original planning decision is judged to be grossly wrong so that damage would be done to the wider public interest.
Friday, 7 December 2007