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Planning approved to turn contaminated Cardigan house into flats

WORK to decontaminate a house in Cardigan is underway and planning permission in principle has been given to turn it in to flats for the council’s housing department.

Ceredigion County Council applied to convert Norwood, on Morgan Street, in to two flats but concerns were raised at the last development control committee about the health and safety of the property that had been contaminated by a petrol leak.

The decision was deferred because there were not enough councillors present but it was unanimously approved at development control on Wednesday (February 10).

The committee were updated on the work to decontaminate the house, with work underway in the adjoining lane and the downstairs flooring removed to “dig out the worst of the pollution”.

A groundwater treatment process has also been set up at the property.

The plan is to turn the house into two flats – one one-bedroom and one two bedroom – for temporary, move-on or supported accommodation until environmental health and legal matters.

Cardigan Town Council was against the plan and wanted to be kept as a family house.

Members were assured that there would be no occupation of the flats until health and safety regulations were met.

“The problem of the pollution is being dealt with and it’s being dealt with effectively,” said Cllr Wyn Thomas.

The committee voted unanimously in favour of the recommendation of approval ‘in principle’ with no occupation of the flats until the environmental matters were resolved.

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