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‘No second homes’ call at housing estate expected to be ignored

09 Jul 2024 3 minute read
Saundersfoot. Image: Visit Pembrokeshire

Bruce Sinclair Local Democracy Reporter

A scheme by one of the UK’s largest housebuilders to site 72 homes on the outskirts of a coastal village is not expected to have a no second homes condition, despite a plea by the local community council.

Back in 2022, Persimmon Homes applied to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for the scheme on a 2.26 hectare area of land adjoining the northernmost houses of a long-established Sandyhill Park residential estate, Saundersfoot.

The official application, including 47 open market dwellings, proposes a variety of detached, semi-detached, terraced and apartment properties to create an “attractive and integrated extension to Saundersfoot”.

The application is recommended for delegated approval when it comes before the national park’s July 17 development management committee.

The affordable housing units will be split into four low-cost ownership units and 21 socially rented units, a report for national park planners says; the 35 per cent affordable percentage taking precedent over an affordable housing policy requirement of 50 per cent as it is designated as an allocated site.

As well as the affordable housing element and an open space provision, a financial contribution of £2,000 per open market property, some £94,000, is required by the county council’s highways department to cover the contribution towards Active Travel Routes within the local area (Saundersfoot Harbour to New Hedges).

Objection

Local community council Saundersfoot has objected to the scheme on a number of grounds, asking for its refusal, the report says.

The community council also wants a caveat that no property is bought for second-home holiday use.

Reasons of objection include: potentially causing an imbalance of the aesthetics of the remaining green areas of the village; the scheme being dominant, overbearing, and intrusive to existing residents; access and road safety issues; infrastructure, and the effect on local services.

On a potential residency condition, the report says: “With regards to whether or not it is appropriate to apply a planning condition limiting the use of the market houses to C3 primary dwellings only and therefore preventing use as a second home or holiday let, the authority has undertaken an assessment based on its established methodology.”

It says the assessment “demonstrates that there is not a sufficient justification in this case to impose such a condition,” adding: “Whilst Saundersfoot as a whole has a slightly higher percentage of second homes and holiday lets than was anticipated when the LDP2 was developed, the majority of detached properties of the estate style type proposed as market dwellings on this site in Saundersfoot are occupied as primary dwellings.

“It is the flat or apartment-style properties that are more likely to be occupied as a holiday let or second home, however within the development these properties will already be controlled as they are designated as affordable housing.

“There is therefore no need to apply a use class condition to the properties, based on the evidence gathered.”

It is recommended, subject to further updates to be received at the committee meeting, that delegated powers of approval are given to officers, subject to receipt of a Section 106 legal agreement addressing the provision of affordable housing, open space and a financial contribution towards the Active Travel Route.


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Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
5 days ago

Ond y gwir gwestiwn yw faint o’r tai hyn y mae eu hangen beth bynnag? A wnaed asesiad ynghylch yr angen lleol am dai? Wedi’r cwbl, mae ein poblogaeth naturiol yn gostwng. Tai i bwy ydynt felly? A fyddant yn anfon at ragor o fewnlifiad? Mae problem y ‘tai cyntaf’ yn broflem llawer fwy nag ail gartrefi, gan fod y newid demograffig sy’n dod gyda hynny yn llawer mwy. Ac eto ni chaiff odid ddim sylw. Pam tybed?

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
5 days ago

Second homes and holiday homes should be banned in Wales, we already have too many

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