Glamping plans for Anglesey beauty spot rejected by planners
A scheme to site glamping pods, a shepherd’s hut and more caravan pitches in a rural Anglesey beauty spot has been rejected by planners.
The proposal to expand an existing camping business was turned down amid concerns over the countryside, visibility and highway issues.
Anglesey County Council considered the application for the change of use of agricultural land near the hamlet of Llanrhyddlad, near Holyhead.
The proposals sought permission for nine seasonal touring caravan pitches and the siting of four glamping pods.
The scheme also included two retrospective bids – one for a shepherds’ hut and another for toilet and shower facilities on the site.
A planning statement submitted on behalf of the applicants described the development as a “diversification” of an existing enterprise.
They highlighted the popularity of the existing land use and claimed there was an increasing demand for touring caravan pitches.
The site already has permission to operate pitches for tents to be used up to a maximum of 28 days in 12 consecutive months.
The applicants claimed the plans would only have “a slight or negligible visual impact” on the surrounding area.
They said it offer economic benefits to the local economy and described it as a “a high quality tourist provision.”
But in a planning decision notice, dated May 26, the applicants were told the scheme had been rejected.
Dewi Francis Jones, chief planning officer, said in a letter the plans went against a number of planning policies.
Planners also considered it to be “harmful to the character and appearance of the area and setting” of a nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
They said the scheme could also have an “adverse impact on the designated Llyn Llygeirian”, a nearby beauty spot and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Mr Jones said: “By virtue of noise and general disturbance, it could also have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of immediate residential properties.”
Other concerns included visibility from the A5025, with the proposed access said to be “substandard” and “unsuitable”.
By Dale Spridgeon – Local Democracy Reporter
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