Site visit before roundhouse fate decided

Western Telegraph: Site visit before roundhouse fate decided Site visit before roundhouse fate decided

PLANNING committee members will go to see for themselves a self-built eco home belonging to a young family which faces being torn down if retrospective permission is not approved.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning and rights of way committee met this morning to discuss retrospective planning permission for the controversial one bedroom roundhouse, Pwll Broga, situated near Glandwr.

The council’s director of development is recommending that permission be refused, stating that the roundhouse is: “An unjustified development in the countryside contrary to the rural restraint strategy of the Local Development Plan.”

Members voted this morning to visit the site before making a decision.

Megan Williams and her partner Charlie Hague initially built the roundhouse without planning permission. In 2012 the council ordered that it be demolished. A subsequent appeal was turned down by the planning inspector last summer.

The couple have now applied for retrospective planning permission under the Welsh Government One Planet Development (OPD) initiative.

OPD’s are low impact developments that either enhance or, through low impact, do not diminish environmental quality. However applicants have to fulfil stringent criteria and submit extremely detailed paperwork to qualify for OPD.

The director of development says the roundhouse does not qualify for OPD status, due in part to a lack of detailed paperwork.

“The proposal fails to demonstrate that it constitutes an exception [to the rural restraint strategy] in terms of the One Planet Development initiative,” he writes.

“Despite its relatively low visual impact it erodes the rural character of its surroundings and represents an unsustainable form of development in terms of distance from day to day facilities.”

In his report he concludes that: “Anyone contemplating an OPD will be aware that, in order to satisfy Welsh Government planning policy and guidelines, a considerable volume of documentation and data recording is necessary.

“The level of information provided falls significantly short of the standard required to meet the essential characteristics of an OPD.”

Since 2012 the one bedroom roundhouse has garnered considerable support from round the world receiving messages of encouragement coming from Canada, Brazil, Europe and America.

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12:50pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

And so they dam well should....get off their back sides and go see...I am not going to argue planning law but if PCC went out and conducted more site visits we might not have half the monstrosities around at the moment. Old Grumpy makes some very valid points on his website. PCC have never conducted a site visit before they saw fit to grant outline for a Marina and 250 houses, a 19 acre development platform etc etc at Goodwick. You would have thought that a site visit for such an enormous development would have been mandatory....this lot need to get their ducks in a row as they say...
And so they dam well should....get off their back sides and go see...I am not going to argue planning law but if PCC went out and conducted more site visits we might not have half the monstrosities around at the moment. Old Grumpy makes some very valid points on his website. PCC have never conducted a site visit before they saw fit to grant outline for a Marina and 250 houses, a 19 acre development platform etc etc at Goodwick. You would have thought that a site visit for such an enormous development would have been mandatory....this lot need to get their ducks in a row as they say... Gogledd
  • Score: 11

2:28pm Tue 24 Jun 14

malcolm calver says...

Perhaps the committee can also take a look at how the ex council leader Cllr John Davies is getting on with his farm workers cottage at the same time, I am sure it must be completed by now.
Perhaps the committee can also take a look at how the ex council leader Cllr John Davies is getting on with his farm workers cottage at the same time, I am sure it must be completed by now. malcolm calver
  • Score: 13

2:30pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Welshman23 says...

Gogledd you should stand as a councillor with your common sense approach you would transform the Kremlin. Get your nomination in now.
Back to the planning they have broken the law by building this property let's hope other people that break planning laws will be treated with a site visit.
Gogledd you should stand as a councillor with your common sense approach you would transform the Kremlin. Get your nomination in now. Back to the planning they have broken the law by building this property let's hope other people that break planning laws will be treated with a site visit. Welshman23
  • Score: -5

5:35pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Tony Wrench says...

Welshman23 you are one of many to think that it is illegal to build without planning permission. It is not. That is why retrospective permission is possible. This house is a masterpiece of intelligent design by a young couple who were living in a small damp caravan but used their initiative to build something beautiful for a fifth of what a commercial or council home would cost. We need more homes like this, and the council could choose a policy to encourage them, instead of pretending a housing problem doesn't exist and making up nonsense about 'eroding the rural character of its surroundings'. Come on Pembrokeshire. Get real about sustainability and about good housing.
Welshman23 you are one of many to think that it is illegal to build without planning permission. It is not. That is why retrospective permission is possible. This house is a masterpiece of intelligent design by a young couple who were living in a small damp caravan but used their initiative to build something beautiful for a fifth of what a commercial or council home would cost. We need more homes like this, and the council could choose a policy to encourage them, instead of pretending a housing problem doesn't exist and making up nonsense about 'eroding the rural character of its surroundings'. Come on Pembrokeshire. Get real about sustainability and about good housing. Tony Wrench
  • Score: 13

7:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

The housing problem was partly brought about by Margaret Thatcher and I am not getting political here. No one would condemn the right of people in Council Property the right to buy their Council home that they had lived in all of their lives. The problem was that when the Council houses were sold back to the Local Authority the Local Authority did not have to re invest all the hundreds of thousands and most probably millions of pounds in building new social housing. This is why we have the Social Housing problem today. Together with the fact that if you are on housing benefit private landlords can chose not to let to you. That needs to change as soon as possible. I think most of us know that its not illegal...or rather un lawful... there is a difference one is criminal and the latter a civil offense to build a house without planning permission. I think most of us who express opinions on the WT know that retrospective PA can be given at the discretion of the Planning Dept. The thing is that you take a huge risk and can suffer financial and emotional loss.
The housing problem was partly brought about by Margaret Thatcher and I am not getting political here. No one would condemn the right of people in Council Property the right to buy their Council home that they had lived in all of their lives. The problem was that when the Council houses were sold back to the Local Authority the Local Authority did not have to re invest all the hundreds of thousands and most probably millions of pounds in building new social housing. This is why we have the Social Housing problem today. Together with the fact that if you are on housing benefit private landlords can chose not to let to you. That needs to change as soon as possible. I think most of us know that its not illegal...or rather un lawful... there is a difference one is criminal and the latter a civil offense to build a house without planning permission. I think most of us who express opinions on the WT know that retrospective PA can be given at the discretion of the Planning Dept. The thing is that you take a huge risk and can suffer financial and emotional loss. Gogledd
  • Score: 0

7:41pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

"Council houses were sold back to the Local" ....sorry what I meant to say...is that when the relevant Local Authority got the money back from the sale of the property to the person who had been the original tenant...that money should have been put back into building more social housing but it wasnt...the Local Authority was free to do with it as it wanted. That was the big mistake and one of the reasons why we have a housing shortage today.

Also regarding current sales of Council Property...these are supposed to stay in the hands of local people and have a covenant to state that...but these covenants can be legally bought and the money goes to the Local Authority...this should not happen...update me if the law has changed since 2004..this is why you have properties that were built as low cost housing like in St Davids, the estate by the High School and was built as low cost housing now nearly all of it is holiday home occupation.
"Council houses were sold back to the Local" ....sorry what I meant to say...is that when the relevant Local Authority got the money back from the sale of the property to the person who had been the original tenant...that money should have been put back into building more social housing but it wasnt...the Local Authority was free to do with it as it wanted. That was the big mistake and one of the reasons why we have a housing shortage today. Also regarding current sales of Council Property...these are supposed to stay in the hands of local people and have a covenant to state that...but these covenants can be legally bought and the money goes to the Local Authority...this should not happen...update me if the law has changed since 2004..this is why you have properties that were built as low cost housing like in St Davids, the estate by the High School and was built as low cost housing now nearly all of it is holiday home occupation. Gogledd
  • Score: 0
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