Nobody wants to see the former Grillo site in Burry Port left the way it is - an abandoned post-industrial wasteland - but the devil is in the detail as usual, and there are serious concerns about how decontamination will be carried out, flood risk and the impact the large development would have on the already seriously overloaded sewerage system with resulting further pollution of the Loughor and Carmarthen Bay. Network Rail has also expressed serious misgivings about the safety implications for a level crossing, with council officers appearing to dismiss the idea that a lot of new houses and other facilities would generate significant additional traffic.
In other words, enough to give anyone who does not have a vested financial interest in the development pause for thought.
Not so Cllr Pat Jones, the local Labour councillor who represented Carmarthenshire County Council in court when the council brought and lost a judicial review against the Welsh Government's veto on development a few years ago.
Cllr Jones has been a county councillor for a long time and is a substitute member of the planning committee for Labour. Given that one or two permanent Labour members of the committee are rare visitors to council meetings*, there is a pretty good chance that Cllr Jones would have been asked to take part in next week's meeting of the planning committee and make a decision.
Not any more, if her appearance in the South Wales Evening Post is taken into consideration.
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As any councillor with even a nodding acquaintance of planning rules should know, even a whiff of a suggestion that planning committee members had made up their minds before determination of an application in committee could end up landing the council with some very large legal bills.
As far as we know, the six inter-linked applications are still currently being considered by civil servants in Cardiff who have to decide whether or not to call the applications in for determination, so even more intriguing than Pat Jones's call "to get this done" is who fed the SWEP with this story in the first place.
Indeed, the article itself is probably enough to trigger a call-in and have the decision taken out of the planning committee's hands; alternatively, it could form the basis for challenge and complaints of maladministration if next week's meeting does steam ahead full throttle.
* It seems that Keri Thomas has finally been taken off the planning committee, although thanks to the council's revamp of its website, membership of several key committees appears to have vanished from public view.