Welsh Government to have final say on Neyland application
12:02pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A PLAN to build a house between two Neyland streets would "open the floodgates" for similar applications a county councillor has told a Welsh Government planning appeal.
Inspector Tim Belcher presided over a planning appeal hearing held at County Hall yesterday (Wednesday) morning, which was attended by the applicant and his agent, a Pembrokeshire County Council planning officer, County Councillor Simon Hancock, as well as concerned local residents.
The application in question seeks permission to build a detached dwelling measuring 13m in width, 6m in length and mainly 3m in height on land to the rear of 66 Cambrian Road. It was refused in February.
Mr Belcher said he had twice visited the site in question and had looked at the potential visual impact of the property from the street and also from the Cleddau Bridge.
He said: “I am familiar with the objections to the scheme and if I do grant planning permission it will be subject to conditions.”
The main objection issues are the impact the development would have on the appearance of the conservation area and potentially setting a precedent.
Jacqueline Hurne, who lives on Cambrian Road, told Mr Belcher that if he granted planning permission, everybody else will want it.
Her concerns were echoed by Neyland Town Councillor Dennis Stolliday who said he knew of two plot owners in the back of Lawrenny Street who were waiting for the application to be approved before they acted.
County Councillor Simon Hancock said: “I would appeal that this place isn’t over-developed. The conservation area is very important and there is a great deal of concern in the town that should this application be permitted, it would open the floodgates.”
Andrew Vaughan Harries of Hayston Developments and Planning Ltd attempted to allay those worries. He said: “It’s fair to say the proposal will have a minimal impact on Lawrenny Street, but we have worked very hard to design a bespoke and unique building that will enhance the area.”
He added: “We can’t keep on building Victorian houses; this is development fit for 2013. It has simple and polite architecture that is sympathetic to the site.”
Mr Belcher will consider the evidence given by both parties and will make his decision in the next few weeks.