THE DEVELOPMENT of 18 new houses at Broad Haven has been deferred so that Pembrokeshire Coast National Park can visit the site to the south of the village.

Eighteen houses, including six one-bedroom affordable homes, are proposed for Walton Road to the south of Broad Haven, but residents raised concerns about the site and asked members of the national park authority to visit the site before deciding the future of the plans.

The committee heard from the Havens community councillor Ramona Joan Phillips, who asked them to defer the decision until after a site visit.

“The Havens Community Council would really like you to come and do a site visit so that you are sure you know exactly where this site is,” she said.

Cllr Phillips raised concerns about how Walton Road was already prone to congestion, especially during the summer as it is used by tourists, freight lorry drivers, bus services, and local farmers in agricultural vehicles.

She also questioned whether the village sewerage systems would be able to cope with the new houses.

Robin Williams, the agent for the housing developer Waterstone Homes, spoke in support of the application.

“I would like to stress that the site is allocated for development by the Local Development Plan,” he said.

He added that Pembrokeshire County Council’s highways department were supportive of the application, and the developer was in discussions about building a footpath into the village.