40,000 sign petition to save Pembrokeshire family's roundhouse

Western Telegraph: Charlie Hague and Megan Williams' roundhouse in Glandwr.Pic: Amanda Jackson (833748) Charlie Hague and Megan Williams' roundhouse in Glandwr.Pic: Amanda Jackson (833748)

MORE than 40,000 people have now signed a petition asking Pembrokeshire County Council to grant retrospective planning to a young couple in Glandwr.

Megan Williams and her partner Charlie Hague started the petition after losing an appeal against an enforcement notice stating their wooden roundhouse must be demolished.

Pembrokeshire County Council issued the enforcement notice in December 2012 because it had been built without planning permission in open countryside and was therefore contrary to the Joint Unitary Development Plan (JUDP).

The future of their self-built eco home now rests on an application for retrospective planning permission, which includes a detailed One Planet Development management plan.

“We are confident that Pembrokeshire County Council will view our retrospective application fairly in line with One Planet Development guidelines,” said Megan.

The couple accept their house was built without planning permission, but maintain there was no other way for them to afford their own home.

Megan said: "I know it's not a possibility for everyone, and our situation here is unique, but if young people are to live and work in the area they need somewhere to live."

Commenting on the petition, Julia Morris, from Fishguard said: “It's a wonderful example of a well thought out home. An example for others to follow.”

The couple have also received support from all over the world on their Facebook page, with many calling their home “a work of art”.

TV presenter and property developer George Clarke has also got involved in the debate, saying on Twitter: “My honest view is that planning should be changed to allow small projects like this... yes they were wrong but the system isn’t right either.”

Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone”.

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11:58am Wed 14 Aug 13

hardcheese says...

Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone”

If that is the case why didn't you have the house that had broken the planning rules in Newport demolished..
Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone” If that is the case why didn't you have the house that had broken the planning rules in Newport demolished.. hardcheese
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11:58am Wed 14 Aug 13

hardcheese says...

Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone”

If that is the case why didn't you have the house that had broken the planning rules in Newport demolished..
Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone” If that is the case why didn't you have the house that had broken the planning rules in Newport demolished.. hardcheese
  • Score: 2

11:58am Wed 14 Aug 13

hardcheese says...

Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone”

If that is the case why didn't you have the house that had broken the planning rules in Newport demolished..
Councillor Rob Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning, said: “Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone” If that is the case why didn't you have the house that had broken the planning rules in Newport demolished.. hardcheese
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Bushwacker2011 says...

40,000? Sounds like 'rentavote' to me, certainly not locals!!
40,000? Sounds like 'rentavote' to me, certainly not locals!! Bushwacker2011
  • Score: -1

10:10pm Wed 14 Aug 13

malcolm calver says...

Cllr Rob Lewis is suffering from a loss of memory with his statement "Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone”. He seems to have forgotten Cllr John Davies agricultural bungalow and the selling of the herd of cows. Perhaps now that Cllr Davies is no longer busy at County Hall he is back on the farm in his wellington boots, as I have not seen anything of him in the press lately.

On a serious note many youngsters in Pembrokeshire including myself bought a plot of land and built our houses, many in the rural areas. This route no longer seems to be available and I would suggest that instead of the social housing quota on developments there should be areas set aside on developments for self build plots.
Cllr Rob Lewis is suffering from a loss of memory with his statement "Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be enforced fairly must also be upheld by everyone”. He seems to have forgotten Cllr John Davies agricultural bungalow and the selling of the herd of cows. Perhaps now that Cllr Davies is no longer busy at County Hall he is back on the farm in his wellington boots, as I have not seen anything of him in the press lately. On a serious note many youngsters in Pembrokeshire including myself bought a plot of land and built our houses, many in the rural areas. This route no longer seems to be available and I would suggest that instead of the social housing quota on developments there should be areas set aside on developments for self build plots. malcolm calver
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8:42am Thu 15 Aug 13

Refugee of newport says...

40 000 sign petition. i take it w as an online petition.eco warrior.they can be anywhere in the world
40 000 sign petition. i take it w as an online petition.eco warrior.they can be anywhere in the world Refugee of newport
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Fri 16 Aug 13

lalaboo says...

interesting to know where these 40,000 people come from as most locals I've spoke to don't agree with this dwelling.
interesting to know where these 40,000 people come from as most locals I've spoke to don't agree with this dwelling. lalaboo
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2:19pm Sat 17 Aug 13

malcolm calver says...

I am not aware of the exact location of this property but surely it would be better for the locals to encourage youngsters to build houses for themselves rather than rely on taxpayer funded social housing, properties that they will never own..
I am not aware of the exact location of this property but surely it would be better for the locals to encourage youngsters to build houses for themselves rather than rely on taxpayer funded social housing, properties that they will never own.. malcolm calver
  • Score: 3

7:39pm Sun 18 Aug 13

Welshman23 says...

lalaboo wrote:
interesting to know where these 40,000 people come from as most locals I've spoke to don't agree with this dwelling.
That's a huge amount of support I would be interested those if this support is local, if so will the planners in the Kremlin issue retrospective planning, if they do it will open the flood gates. I agree we should encourage young people to be innovative but not break the law.
[quote][p][bold]lalaboo[/bold] wrote: interesting to know where these 40,000 people come from as most locals I've spoke to don't agree with this dwelling.[/p][/quote]That's a huge amount of support I would be interested those if this support is local, if so will the planners in the Kremlin issue retrospective planning, if they do it will open the flood gates. I agree we should encourage young people to be innovative but not break the law. Welshman23
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