More than 800 homes could be built in a Welsh town

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Early stage planning proposals for a large-scale housing development and primary school have been submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council's planning department. It could see plans brought forward for a site located east of Pencoed near Bridgend for the development of 804 housing units on land adjoining the existing Bridgend College campus.

It comes after plans were approved in 2023 for the creation of a new £70 million campus for Bridgend College, based in Bridgend town centre on the site of a former police station and car park at Cheapside. The latest plans for the Pencoed site were handed in as part of an environmental scoping report to set out what environmental impacts would need to be looked at ahead of a full planning application over the coming months. For the latest Bridgend news, sign up to our newsletter here

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The early proposals say the massive development would be built on a site which is currently set aside as part of the Local Development Plan as a "strategic site for housing". It adds that alongside the housing, of which up to 20% could be set aside for use as affordable housing, there could also be the creation of a new primary school as well as commercial and community facilities.

The report reads: "The project comprises the comprehensive development of the site, delivering up to 804 residential units, the associated access and active travel routes, ecological mitigation, local community and commercial facilities, land for education facilities, landscaping, green infrastructure, sustainable drainage systems and suitable site preparation and infrastructure works."

If it is eventually given the go-ahead by council bosses, it is noted that the work would likely take places in stages allowing for earlier phases of development to be "completed and occupied while subsequent phases are constructed".

The potential development could join other large scale housing sites set to go for approval in the coming years, such as a 900-home development which is planned as part of the Porthcawl sea-front re-development.