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20 holiday lodges plan in Pembrokeshire village approved

Plans for the short-stay lodges and associated works on land behind The Larder, Vine Road, Johnston, were approved by Pembrokeshire planners

PLANS for 20 self-catering holiday lodges in the Pembrokeshire village of Johnston have been approved, with a senior member of the planning committee praising the applicant for “investing in tourism”.

An application before the May 21 meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee by Peter Rawsthorne sought permission for the short-stay lodges and associated works on land behind The Larder, Vine Road.

The application, sited near a collection of single storey buildings associated with Silverdale lodge which are currently in use as temporary emergency accommodation, was recommended for delegated conditional approval.

Plans for the short-stay lodges and associated works on land behind The Larder, Vine Road, Johnston, were approved by Pembrokeshire planners.

A report for planners said: “The proposal will generate some noise, odours and artificial light nuisance in comparison to a currently vacant site. Given the close proximity, at the southern end of the application site, to existing residential in Silverdale Close and Acorn Drive the Head of Housing and Public Protection has advised that a Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) should be required prior to the determination of the application to allow for the assessment of all noise emissions from the proposed development and for this to set out proposed measures of how to attenuate any noise nuisance.”

It added: “The residential occupation of the space, albeit by short-term visitors who may have less regard for existing permanent residents, is a use typical of and expected in this service centre sized settlement and could be satisfactorily absorbed. Excessive noise and anti-social behaviour are matters which can also be dealt with by other legislative controls.”

Speaking at the meeting, applicant Peter Rawsthorne, of local company Haven Systems, said the scheme would offer more security for the business, adding it would have “a positive impact” on the village and tourism in the county.

Vice-chair of the planning committee Cllr Rhys Jordan said: “Johnston has become up-and-coming over the last 15 years or so, it’s excellent to se business taking risks and investing in tourism in these areas, it’s nice to see local businesses investing in the county in new areas.”

Members backed the recommendation for conditional approval under delegated powers.

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