Yurts site recommended for refusal
2:40pm Tuesday 8th January 2013 in News
Plans for 20 yurts at Redberth, Tenby, are recommended for refusal by Pembrokeshire County Council planning officers.
Aplan to change the use of land adjacent to Norchard FarmHouse which would allow the yurts to be erected, along with a facility building and ancillary works, will be discussed by the planning committee today (Tuesday).
An officer’s report states that the proposed development is not well-related to a settlement physically, visually or functionally and is an inappropriate development in the countryside.
The proposal is for 20 yurts/tepees which would be dismantled in the winter months, as well as a permanent children’s play area, bike sheds, communal parking area, minibus parking and drop-off and a facilities building including toilets, showers and a wet room.
In 2011 proposals for a 50 pitch campsite at the same location was refused because it would not be well-related to a settlement and high levels of car use could not be accommodated on the road network.
The village of Redberth is around 500 metres from the site by road and despite a proposed footpath on part of the route pedestrians would still have to use an unlit roadway.
The proposal would lead to three full-time and four parttime jobs during the spring and summer and a socio-economic impact report estimates £714,000 expenditure based on the Great British Tourism Survey 2011.
Only five representations were made, but they raised a number of issues including the roads not being suitable for additional traffic, concerns that the facilities building will cause pollution to a neighbouring property’s bore hole, concern over noise, trespass and animal safety and a smaller scale proposal would be more appropriate.