Planning permission has been granted to a controversial development in Neyland after the applicant launched an appeal with the Welsh Government.
Joe Manche sought permission to build a detached property on land to the rear of 66 Cambrian Road. His application was refused by Pembrokeshire County Council in February. The main issue was the effect the proposal would have on the character and appearance of the local Conservation Area. An appeal took place at County Hall on October 23, presided over by Tim Belcher, a Welsh Government-appointed Inspector. It was attended by Mr Manche, his agent, a Pembrokeshire Council planning officer, County Councilor Simon Hancock, as well as concerned local residents. Jacqueline Hurne, who lives in Cambrian Road, told Mr Belcher that if he granted planning permission everybody else would want similar developments. her concerns were echoed by Cllr Hancock, who 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."
Mr Belcher's decision to grant planning permission, subject to several conditions, was issued mid November 2013. The news was welcomed by Mr Manche, who said: "I did not with to cause any damage to the Neyland Conservation Area, which has been our home for the last 30 years. This has been a long battle and whilst our additional cost claim failed, it showed there was some inconsistency in the decision process, with some Pembrokeshire Council officers supporting our application and others objecting."
His Agent, Mr Andrew Vaughan-Harries, of Hayston Developments & planning Ltd, added: "After a number of refusals we are delighted our specially designed bespoke house has been allowed. The Inspector agreed that the proposal would preserve the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and this permission would not create a precedent for other development in Lawerenny Street." (November 2013)