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Plans for 31 extra static caravans at holiday park near Hay-on-Wye

Hideway Border Caravan Park near Clyro - plans have been submitted to Powys County Council for 31 more caravans to be placed ther (Pic: Google Streetview)

PLANS to extend a caravan park near Hay-on-Wye could be decided by Powys councillors at a future Planning committee meeting.

Last month James Lloyd-Jones of Hillandale Caravan Parks lodged a planning application with county planners to change the use of a field to allow more accommodation to be added to Borders Hideaway Holiday Park at Clyro near Hay-on-Wye.

If successful, the application would see 31 caravans placed at the site as well as all the associated works.

The holiday park already has 48 static caravans, 18 touring caravan pitches and 18 seasonal caravan pitches, a house and amenity block there.

The field in question also has planning permission for tents to be pitched on large parts of it for 28 days from March 1 to October 31 each year.

According to documents lodged in support of the application, this permission for tent pitches granted in 2020 has established the principle that the site can be used for overnight holiday use.

Planning agent Graham Clark of Berry’s explained the proposal in a planning statement.

Mr Clark said: “The applicant is seeking to further develop this site to grow the business.”

“They have owned the site since 2007 and are seeking to provide significant long- term investment to provide additional holiday accommodation at the park.

“This would be delivered in phases over a period of time and is to be available for people wanting to secure a plot for the longer term for their repeat visits to the site.”

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Mr Clark explains that the holiday park is aimed at adults with plots leased on a long term basis, and that people visit the park several times a year.

The intention is that the extra static caravans would operate in the same way.

Mr Clark explained that they would not be available for general booking and “cannot” be sub-let by the lease holder.

Mr Clark said: “The visitor economy is very important to this area of Wales and supports many businesses plus full-time and part-time employment.

“The proposal will safeguard existing jobs and create opportunities for new and in-direct jobs and support the local and wider economy. ”

Cllr James Gibson-Watt

But Powys county councillor for the area, James Gibson-Watt who is also the council leader wants to see the proposal decided by the Planning committee.

Cllr Gibson-Watt said: “I request that this be called in due to the planning history of the existing facility, the scale of the proposal, the highly sensitive location in the open countryside and the potential impact on adjacent and nearby properties.”

A decision on the application is expected by June 14.

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