OUTLINE plans for a 289 house development in the Ammanford area have been approved by Carmarthenshire planners.
Last Thursday’s meeting of the county council planning committee discussed the application to develop land at Tirychen Farm, Dyffryn Road, Ammanford.
This application was considered by the planning committee at its meeting last December when members resolved to refuse the application.
Head of planning Eifion Bowen told the committee that an amended plan had now been submitted that sought to address the concerns expressed by members at December’s meeting.
He said that the number of homes in the plan had been reduced by 47 from 336 and the area of land that extends beyond the confines of the sites’ existing allocation in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) has now been omitted from the proposed development.
He said: “With regard to the impact upon the Welsh Language, the site is allocated within the UDP as a housing site.
As part of the UDP deliberations, approved by a planning inspector, these sites were subject to various tests and considerations, one of these being impact on the Welsh language.
“For the site to have been allocated, it would have been deemed that the impact upon the Welsh language would be acceptable to allow the consideration of the site as one allocated for housing development.”
The application was granted with a condition that the housing should be phased into take account of the situation of Welsh language.
The family of a woman killed when her car collided with a bus in Carmarthenshire have described her as "a loving daughter, beloved sister, a valued friend and work colleague to many, and well-loved within the community."
Bethan Davies was the only person killed in the crash on the A483 on Tuesday, when 15 people were also injured.
Her family say their loss is "indescribable", and that they are "touched and very grateful" for the messages of support and condolence that have come in to them.
Her funeral will be held at Llanelli Crematorium on Thursday.
The bus was transporting students from the Ammanford campus of Coleg Sir Gar to Llanelli. There were 15 casualties in the bus who were taken to Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli and West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen to be treated for their injuries. Sadly, the driver of the car involved was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries are continuing to trace the next of kin.
The College has been informed that a coach transporting students has been involved in a road traffic collision at Pont Abraham near junction 49 of the M4.
The bus was transporting students from Ammanford campus to Llanelli town centre.
Emergency services are currently at the scene attending to those involved in the collision and making the area safe. It is our understanding that all students have now left the scene.
We are informed that 12 students have been taken to West Wales General and Prince Phillip hospitals for treatment. It is not thought that any of the injuries to students are life threatening and that the majority are minor injuries.
The College has contacted all parents and senior College staff met parents at both hospitals. The College will be making its full support services available to students at Ammanford campus from tomorrow.
Information is very limited at this stage and we are awaiting further reports from the emergency services at the scene.