Council drops plans to demolish homes on air quality grounds

A local authority in south Wales has rejected a plan to demolish a series of homes on a heavily-polluted stretch of road, but the Welsh government has said the decision is unlawful.

Two options were put before Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet yesterday morning to deal with the two dozen homes in the village of Hafodyrynys. They face directly onto the only road that connects Crumlin and Pontypool, running across two major valleys, which is subject to congestion and acts as a canyon to concentrate pollution.

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