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Caravan site in Llŷn Peninsula AONB approved despite advice of ‘significant and detrimental’ impact

06 Jul 2022 4 minute read
Tudweiliog. Photo by Marthuws is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Dale Spridgeon, local democracy reporter

Plans for a 32-pitch caravan site in an area of outstanding beauty on the Llŷn Peninsula will go ahead – despite warnings against a “significant and detrimental” visual impact.

Environment officers “firmly” recommended councillors reject a full planning application for the change of use of agricultural land at Tyddyn Isaf at Tudweiliog.

But Gwynedd Councillors went against the advice at a planning meeting on Monday, accepting the tourer caravan park proposals, which included a shower/toilet building, associated hard standings, resurfacing and access.

The site and nearby area falls within the Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Llŷn and Bardsey Landscape of Outstanding Historic Interest.

Visual effect

Gwynedd Council’s assistant head of environment Gareth Jones strongly urged councillors to reject the application for its visual effect on the area, landscaping issues and policy.

If accepted, he said the action would  be “contrary” to the council’s own policy.”

“The guidance for this type of site is quite clear. It must be well concealed. This is an open site surrounded by empty fields, it  would be very visible for many years.”

Despite the submission of detailed landscaping plans he said the site would not  comply with “relevant local and national policies and guidance.”

“It’s not any landscape. He said.

“It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, the land has the same status as the national park in planning terms.”

“New caravan developments and site extensions in prominent areas need to be refused.”

His report noted an increases in caravan sites, especially around Aberdaron and the northern coast.”

“There is concern in the management plan about the cumulative impact of a number of new sites  fairly close together,”  He said.

“This application would not protect nor improve the special landscape.”

By accepting the application, the council was “putting itself into a difficult position” when considering similar applications.

“We would be undermining our own planning policies.” He said.

The plan would have a “substantially significant and harmful impact on the visual amenities of the local area.” He said.

” We firmly recommend it is refused.”

Letter

A letter  from Morfa Nefyn and Tudweiliog Cllr Gareth Tudor Jones, was read out by Cllr Edgar Wyn Owen, chairing the meeting.

Cllr Tudor Jones, who had been unable to attend due to a funeral, said neighbours were “fully supportive” and the community was “unanimously” in favour of the site.

A petition had been raised and there was support from the Tudweiliog Community Council, the Post, and Lion pub, who saw “benefits” to the local economy .

“There are no voices objecting.” He said.

“On protecting the environment, the most important voices are  the officers of AONB and NRW, willing to support it, as long as the caravans are hidden.” he added.

Local residents had also “shown commitment” by paying for an international expert to landscape the site.

“It’s a challenging landscape but possible to grow trees in no time to  ensure the development won’t have a detrimental effect on visual amenities.” He said.

With  rising living costs, and rural economy under “great pressure,”  it would give a “better future for a family of five to stay in  Tudweiliog and contribute to their community.”

Cllr Griff Williams proposed the site plans go ahead, subject  to work  including expert landscaping.

Cllr John Pugh Roberts seconded, and it was was accepted, six votes in favour, five against.

Conditions

In reply Gareth Jones added: ”I assume the councillors’ proposal is based on the relevant planning conditions, that it commences in five years in accordance with plans, it limits the number of units,  hey have a holiday use register, use limited to holiday seasons, landscape and after-care, and a need to follow the ecologists assessments,and  that the use of amenity block is in accordance with details.”

Cllr Williams said, it’s”a very thin line for the officers to refuse the application, when the bio-diversity unit had AONB officer have nothing against it.”

“I have 40 years in landscaping, the scheme offered will screen the proposed caravan park. I ask  you all to support for this family’s application.”

Gareth Jones said “Remember what planning policy tells you, the site should already be concealed.”

“There will be years where this will be completely open in an area of outstanding natural beauty.”


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I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago

Imo, the old council system is failing too often and should be abolished.
Adopt a system of democracy, where we have local public works, with architect and public health professionals, advising the central Gov. on local situations, with the enlarged Welsh Gov. civil service acting in our best interest.
* Any corruption found within this system would be dealt with most severely.
In a country of our size, this should work. Central Gov. Cymru should serve for four years, subject to recall on a petition of 400K or so. A small office could be set up for ambassador to Westminster?

Last edited 1 month ago by I.Humphrys
Llŷn expat
Llŷn expat
1 month ago

Well if all the holiday lets get sold up as apparently intended (though they will probably be bought by Midlands retirees rather than by working age locals), then other tourist accommodation will be required. So it’s just as well that Cyngor Gwynedd is approving developments like this.

dadydd
dadydd
1 month ago

mark drakeford owns one, it’s not a caravan, it’s not a home, it’s a chalet. so he doesn’t need to pay tax

David
David
1 month ago

It looks like a SCAM website.

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