PLANS to build 48 houses either side of a road through Llandrinio have been backed by Powys planners.

The proposal, by Powys County Council itself, would see 24 affordable homes built on land beside the Trawscoed housing estate and a further 24 houses to be sold on the open market, on land next to the Orchard Croft housing estate. The homes would lie either side of the B4393 through the village.

The application will be decided by councillors at a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Thursday, April 28, but has been recommended for approval.

In her report, principal planning officer Gemma Bufton explains that the application site at Trawscoed will be a “100 per cent affordable housing site”.

Ms  Bufton said: “It is noted that a total of 213 applicants are on the common housing register for Llandrinio and surrounding settlements with 117 confirming they would consider Llandrinio should accommodation be offered.”

Border Counties Advertizer: Land next to Tawscoed housing estateLand next to Tawscoed housing estate

Due to this, Ms Bufton explains that the discussion between the council’s affordable housing and housing management teams had concluded that Trawscoed would have one, two and three-bedroom properties which would be a  mixture of “apartments, houses and bungalows”.

Ms Bufton said that the Orchard Croft site would provide 24 homes through a mixture of eight two-bedroom bungalows, 10 two-bedroom houses and six three-bedroom houses.

“The properties will therefore all be either single or two storey properties,” said Ms Bufton.

Ms Bufton adds in her report that there have been four letters commenting on the plans sent by members of the public.

Border Counties Advertizer: Llandrinio housing developments - the Trawscoed site is at the bottom of the image and Orchard's Croft at the top. From UK Grid Reference finder.Llandrinio housing developments - the Trawscoed site is at the bottom of the image and Orchard's Croft at the top. From UK Grid Reference finder.

These include objections to the proposal on the grounds that it would see an increase of traffic in the village and that there are fears the plans represent an “over-development” of the village.

Ms Bufton said: “The proposed development fundamentally complies with relevant planning policy and the recommendation is therefore one of conditional consent."

One of the 31 conditions placed on the permission, is that plans for a children’s play area for Orchards Croft needs to be approved before building work can start.


Documents lodged with the application show that in September 2021 Llandrinio & Arddleen Community Council discussed the application and agreed to support the proposal.

But councillors asked that a tree preservation order is made on an Oak tree that is situated in Orchard Croft and  also wanted to see the boundary of the site made with a natural hedge rather than chain link fencing.

Separate land drainage consent will also be needed for the scheme.