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Rates appeal victory for Pembrokeshire business

Rates appeal winner: Jan Meulendij, proprieter of Rosemoor
Rates appeal winner: Jan Meulendij, proprieter of Rosemoor
Rates appeal winner: Jan
Meulendij, proprieter of Rosemoor

OWNERS of a self-catering business are celebrating victory after winning a prolonged appeal against the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Rosemoor Country Cottages and Nature Reserve, a four star accredited holiday complex located in the small village of Walwyn’s Castle have recently won an appeal to significantly reduce their rateable value. In 2010 Rosemoor Country Cottages were hit by a dramatic increase in their rateable value, 142% more than the previous assessment.

Proprietors of Rosemoor Jan Meulendijk and Jacqui Janssen were unable to understand why such a steep increase was put in place, especially as there was no justification based on the business performance and the market development. They therefore went to appeal against the VOA’s assessment. The appeal was heard in July of this year and the ruling was received in September. Jan Meulendijk stresses the importance of the appeal to the business and explains that Rosemoor would possibly have had to close if the appeal would have been unsuccessful.

“With this positive result we are confident that we can continue running our business and look forward to being able to invest in our cottages and the service we provide to our guests.” Throughout the appeal Rosemoor received support from a number of tourism experts, trade bodies and organisations. Mr Meulendijk added “I would like to thank the ex- Wales Tourist Board Chief Executive Jonathan Jones, the Wales Association of Self Catering Operators, Pembrokeshire Tourism, and The Wales Tourism Alliance for their support in our appeal”.