For the second time in three months, plans that would allow a log cabin business to operate near Welshpool have been rejected by planners in Powys.
Earlier this year, retrospective plans to change the use of agricultural buildings allowing a log cabin building business with an attached sawmill to operate at The Gaer Farm, Golfa, were lodged with Powys County Council .
The plaintiff, Nick Jones, leased the buildings to a log cabin building company without planning permission.
Agent Richard Corbett, of Roger Parry and Partners, said the British Log Cabins which rent the buildings employ 10 people there.
Senior Planning Officer Kate Bowen explained that her decision to refuse the request had three key elements.
– that there are still unanswered questions that the development would affect road safety.
– There is not enough information provided to know whether noise from the development would impact people living nearby, and
– more details are needed on the sewage drainage arrangements for the project.
Ms Bowen said: “While economic benefits and development benefits are appreciated as well as support for economic development in rural areas, particularly due to the Covid-19 pandemic provided by the national planning policy, information insufficient have been submitted in terms of motorway safety, convenience and evacuation of impurities.
“These issues cannot be conditioned unless sufficient information has been submitted to permit their consideration.
“Therefore, the economic benefits of the development do not outweigh the material planning considerations which have not been sufficiently taken into account.
“Based on the current submission, the development is considered to be contrary to Welsh Planning Policy, Powys Local Development Plan and Welsh Government (planning) circulars.”
A similar application for the development was rejected by Powys in December 2021 and this was because the application could not show how safe entry and exit on the road could be achieved.
Last February Councilor David Jones, who represents the area, said he wanted to “call” the application to be decided by the council’s planning committee.
Ms Bowen reviewed that claim in her report and said that under the rules for an appeal to be allowed, a ‘substantial’ change to the original claim must have taken place.
In this case, she believed the changes had not been ‘significant’ enough to allow Cllr Jones to appeal in demand.