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Holiday plan appeal blocked

county hallA PLANNING INSPECTOR has upheld a decision by Pembrokeshire County Council to refuse planning permission to convert a storage building into holiday accommodation near St Dogmaels. The appeal by Mr E. Brown failed because the Inspector, Gareth Rennie, ruled that the conversion in a single-storey building would extend residential development into the open countryside.

This, concluded Mr Rennie, would harm the character and appearance of the surrounding countryside and was in clear conflict with the Local Development Plan (LDP). He said a submission that the proposal would provide additional tourist bed spaces and thus contribute to the local economy was not sufficient to warrant setting aside the LDP policy. Likewise, Mr Rennie was not swayed by a survey produced for the building which concluded it was used as a bat roost.