A controversial house in Newport is to be discussed at this morning's meeting of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park's development management committee.

The house, which is at the centre of a long-running planning row, could be visited by National Park members before a decision is made about its future if an officer's recommendation to this morning's meeting is approved.

Bettws Newydd, a large replacement dwelling nearing completion on the Parrog, was built without meeting certain conditions of the original planning approval.

A retrospective application to retain the building has caused uproar in the town, with some locals calling for permission to be refused and the house to be taken down.

Officers have now recommended that members of the Development Management Committee visit the site, and that a full report is brought to a later meeting.

The officer's report states: "In view of the issues raised by the objectors, in particular with regard to the visual impact, it is considered necessary for members to view the development both on site and from surrounding viewpoints to make an objective decision on this proposal."

Over 300 signatures against the construction have been collected through an online petition, and 34 letters of opposition have been sent.

Two letters of support have also been received by the Authority.

A statement on a website set up by concerned locals who oppose the development, www.parrog.org.uk, said: "Good news. Officers are finally recommending a site visit by the committee members. It is a great achievement for our campaign, and the resulting press coverage, to have pressured the park officers to recommend that DMC members should visit, as should have happened long ago."