Pembrokeshire county council's planning committee members due to visit Glandwr roundhouse, Pwll Broga

Planning committee members are due to visit self-built eco home Pwll Broga, in Glandwr, today (Friday)

Planning committee members are due to visit self-built eco home Pwll Broga, in Glandwr, today (Friday)

First published in County News

Planning committee members are today due to visit a self-built eco home, which faces being torn down if retrospective permission is not approved.

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

The council’s director of development recommended 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.”

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.

Addressing June’s committee meeting in Welsh, Megan said: “We need to consider projects like this carefully. Our home cost £12,000 to build. The council should support young people like us across Pembrokeshire.

“We’ve had 96,000 people around the world showing their support for our application.

“It’s not possible to judge it without seeing it,” she said. “It does not affect the landscape negatively.

“This is our life, our home and the future of our son.”

Councillor Jacob Williams proposed to carry out a site visit and councillors are due to visit Pwll Broga today (Wednesday).

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11:47am Wed 23 Jul 14

JonnyBlueJeans says...

Why do they need to visit? It either is a legal development or it isn't, what it looks like or the fact they were given the land by a parent shouldn't come into it. If they find that because it is family land and therefore desirable for members to build anything they like without seeking permission the farming community will suddenly start building like mad men.
It does of course raise the question why nothing was done by planning before the development was completed, it's not as though it's under ground or hidden away after all. Yet again another case of our fantastic authority not being on the case
Why do they need to visit? It either is a legal development or it isn't, what it looks like or the fact they were given the land by a parent shouldn't come into it. If they find that because it is family land and therefore desirable for members to build anything they like without seeking permission the farming community will suddenly start building like mad men. It does of course raise the question why nothing was done by planning before the development was completed, it's not as though it's under ground or hidden away after all. Yet again another case of our fantastic authority not being on the case JonnyBlueJeans
  • Score: 7

2:35pm Wed 23 Jul 14

teifion says...

If council leaders can get retrospective planning permission for a cottage for a stockman when the councillor had sold his cows then surely these ppl are allowed the same chance ?

That was the story wasn;t it? so hard to remember every scandal to hit PCC :)
If council leaders can get retrospective planning permission for a cottage for a stockman when the councillor had sold his cows then surely these ppl are allowed the same chance ? That was the story wasn;t it? so hard to remember every scandal to hit PCC :) teifion
  • Score: 5

5:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Welshman23 says...

Leave these people alone concentrate on the Kremlin these people have broken the law but so have some councillors.
When are you going to organise an emergent meeting to sort your CEO who is being investigated by the police..
Leave these people alone concentrate on the Kremlin these people have broken the law but so have some councillors. When are you going to organise an emergent meeting to sort your CEO who is being investigated by the police.. Welshman23
  • Score: -2

10:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

teifion says...

I've written to pcc to ask if bpj will be on "garden leave" heard nothing back yet - are they legally bound to answer anyone know?
I've written to pcc to ask if bpj will be on "garden leave" heard nothing back yet - are they legally bound to answer anyone know? teifion
  • Score: -4

9:37am Thu 24 Jul 14

mayday says...

Meanwhile in a Universe far, far away this monstrosity gets planning permission http://www.dailymail
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Meanwhile in a Universe far, far away this monstrosity gets planning permission http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2702990/The-Good-Lif e-goes-Couple-spent- five-years-building- eco-home-country-all owed-despite-not-app lying-planning-permi ssion.html mayday
  • Score: 0

9:44am Thu 24 Jul 14

Gogledd says...

Ignorance is not a tort in law. ie the fact that you did not know you were doing something wrong is not admissable as your defence. However, in planning it would appear that thousands of people fall into this category every year and have to go for retrospective planning applications. If they fail then they have to suffer the consequences and the costs and that seems fair enough to me. Very interesting program last night on C4- Our World from above or something like that..repeated on Friday night, visually stunning but dealt with environmental issues and it was quite frightening to see just what we are doing to our planet in the name of feeding our animals, ourselves etc while the richest get richer and the poorer get poorer. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that we aught to be making it compulsory for every new build to be eco friendly, with solar panels etc. I dont think that allowing people to build what they want where they want is the answer but we have got to be looking at some sort of long term housing solution that is sustainable otherwise our children and grand children will have a very bleak future.
Ignorance is not a tort in law. ie the fact that you did not know you were doing something wrong is not admissable as your defence. However, in planning it would appear that thousands of people fall into this category every year and have to go for retrospective planning applications. If they fail then they have to suffer the consequences and the costs and that seems fair enough to me. Very interesting program last night on C4- Our World from above or something like that..repeated on Friday night, visually stunning but dealt with environmental issues and it was quite frightening to see just what we are doing to our planet in the name of feeding our animals, ourselves etc while the richest get richer and the poorer get poorer. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that we aught to be making it compulsory for every new build to be eco friendly, with solar panels etc. I dont think that allowing people to build what they want where they want is the answer but we have got to be looking at some sort of long term housing solution that is sustainable otherwise our children and grand children will have a very bleak future. Gogledd
  • Score: 3

10:59am Thu 24 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

teifion wrote:
If council leaders can get retrospective planning permission for a cottage for a stockman when the councillor had sold his cows then surely these ppl are allowed the same chance ?

That was the story wasn;t it? so hard to remember every scandal to hit PCC :)
didnt know about that one though,added it to my long list though
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: If council leaders can get retrospective planning permission for a cottage for a stockman when the councillor had sold his cows then surely these ppl are allowed the same chance ? That was the story wasn;t it? so hard to remember every scandal to hit PCC :)[/p][/quote]didnt know about that one though,added it to my long list though seaveiw
  • Score: -2

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