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Tenby development gets green light

Royal playhouseA DECISION by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to refuse permission for a multimillion pound development in the centre of Tenby has been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate.

Earlier this year, South Terrace Properties Ltd had had their planning application to build 39 apartments, a 68-bedroom hotel and three commercial units on the site of the Royal Playhouse Cinema, White Lion Street turned down by planners.

The National park had not been happy that the developers had changed their mind about building a replacement cinema on the site.

At the time, South Terrace Properties Ltd agent Robin Williams said there was stiff competition from the cinema in Carmarthen and a change of use would maximise lending opportunities.

“Failure to get those funds would mean the hotel and car park would not be delivered” he added.

South Terrace Properties Ltd will now be able to start work on the new development. South Terrace have promised to make a financial contribution towards additional education facilities and off-site public open space and recreational facilities.

The planning inspector said: “Since the cinema is not to be provided, the appellant has given an undertaking that replicates the previous contributions and includes an additional contribution towards off-site library and community facilities in Tenby.”

The inspector continued: “I find this is necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms.”