An appeal by Puncheston resident, Mrs Helen Roberts, to the Welsh Assembly Planning Inspectorate to build a new house in the garden of her home has been successful. Originally her application had been turned down twice by the County Council on the grounds that the garden at Beechwood, Puncheston was too small.
On the advice of Chartered pPanning specialist Andrew Vaughan-Harries of Hayston Developments & Planning Ltd, Mrs Roberts decided to fight the Council's refusal. This was based on the Council having previously allowed similar development in the village, close to Mrs Roberts' house.
Planning Inspector Peter Horridge considered the proposed modest two storey dwelling would be of a scale similar to that of neighbouring properties. He thought that the site, although small, is of comparable size to others in the locality. He also took into account other sites in the village where development in the gardens had been allowed.
A delighted Mrs Roberts said not everyone needs a big garden these days, particularly as they get older and find them difficult to manage.