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Village Green application for Parc y Werin is dismissed

A WELSH Government inspector has turned down a Village Green Application (VGA) for Gorseinon's Parc y Werin.

Parc y werin

The decision is the third time a VGA for the area has been turned down by an Inspector and means that a much-needed new primary school for the community could be built there.

Planning permission had been granted for the new school on part of the park in December, 2015. But the proposal has been on hold ever since due to the  VGAs.

Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, welcomed the latest inspector's decision. She said: "The council is satisfied to hear that the latest VGA has been dismissed.

"The council will now consider the next steps in its plans to create a much-needed new primary school for the community of Gorseinon at Parc y Werin."

Village Green Applications are a complex legal process in which applicants apply to the Commons Registration Authority - a Welsh Government body - to request it  designate a plot of land as a 'village green', which, if granted, would prevent any part of it from being built upon.

In order to succeed, an application needs to demonstrate to the Commons Registration Authority that the land in question has been used 'as of right' by local residents - meaning that they did not need to seek anyone's permission to use it.

However, as the landowner, Swansea Council was able to prove to the inspectors that the use of the park is 'by right' - meaning that residents were using it with the permission of the council.

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