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Extension plans for hotel at pub and restaurant in Cynon Valley approved

The Navigation House Hotel in Abercynon (Pic: Google Maps)

A PUB and restaurant in the Cynon Valley will soon include a hotel after councillors gave plans their backing.

The application for extensions to create a 10-bed hotel with bar, restaurant, welfare areas, car park extension and a landlord’s flat at Navigation House Hotel in Cilfynydd Road in Abercynon was approved by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s planning committee on Thursday, December 14.

The property has been used as a pub/restaurant with a landlord’s flat and family/playroom above for many years.

The existing use at the ground floor will be kept, along with the residential landlord’s accommodation (moved from first to second floor) but the proposal will introduce a new hotel to the site.

The car park extension will increase the number of car parking spaces from 18 to 29 and two of the spaces at the southern end of the car park will include electric vehicle charging points.

Secure cycle parking will also be provided within the basement of the property with space for up to 10 bicycles.

There were no letters of objection or representation received from the public about this application.

In recommending approval, planning officers said: “The proposed development would result in the substantial refurbishment and extension of an existing public house which would improve the visual aesthetic of the property and the visual amenity of the area.

“Whilst the rear extension is considered to be quite a sizeable addition to the property, it would be sited at the rear of the property and would have a sympathetic design that would ensure that it would not appear overly prominent within the plot or the wider area.

“Furthermore, the nearest neighbouring properties are situated a sufficient distance away and it is not considered that the proposal would have an adverse impact upon the amenity and privacy of neighbouring properties.

“The development would also result in an increase in parking spaces at the site which would provide a betterment overall and the development is considered to be acceptable in terms of the impact it would have upon highway safety in the vicinity of the site.”

Local councillor and committee member Andrew Dennis said he was very happy to see this application come forward and that every time one of these pubs closed down they lost a community and social space, adding that it was an important historical building for Abercynon.

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