THE decision on whether 110 houses can be built next to Marl Lane, Deganwy, will be announced imminently.

Beech Developments of Llandudno Junction had submitted a planning application for the houses which was refused by Conwy planners, the company subsequently appealed against the refusal and a public inquiry into the decision was held last September. The result of this inquiry was expected in November.

However the decision was delayed until January, but the announcement has drifted into this month.

There was a great deal of opposition to the application from local residents who conducted a well organised campaign calling for refusal.

A spokesman for the Planning Inspectorate said: “The decision is imminent, we hope it will be made by the end of this week, but we do not know for certain. It is for the Inspector to decide and he has been considering the most recent comments of Conwy County Borough Council and the appellant.”

Last year the Welsh Government issued a revised version of its planning policy. This made it necessary for the planning inspector who conducted the inquiry, to seek the main parties’ views on the implications of the new version as it is an important consideration.

At the time a Welsh Government spokesman said: “Responses are being circulated for comment from the main parties after which the Inspector will consider them and proceed to make his decision in January.”

Cllr Sue Shotter, who represents the area on Conwy council said: "I am very concerned it has taken so long to make the decision, but I hope it will be a decision which refuses permission for the 110 houses, which met so much local opposition."

AM, Janet Finch-Saunders said: "Janet said: “The impending decision is of significance to local residents and the whole county. More than 1,000 individuals gave their time to object, highlighting the strength of local feeling.

"We had good reason to oppose the development as it cannot be doubted that if the application is approved, it would set a very dangerous precedent for the remaining green fields in Conwy. When considering the planning arguments that were put forward against the development and the huge pressure local services are already under, it is common sense for the planning inspector to refuse approval”.