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Community council objection leads to delay in plans

Created on 11/06/2021 @ 09:49
Plans for a glamping retreat at Kerry, near Newtown, will be decided by Powys County Council’s (PCC) planning committee later this year.

The application lodged by Mr P Woodbine,  is for five pods. a log cabin, and associated works at land next to Upper Cefnperfa House.

Original plans were for 10 pods. But at their April meeting, Kerry Community Council came out against the proposals.

They said they objected due to “highways concerns” and that the “site and scale” of the proposal is too big.

Powys County Councillor for Kerry, Kath Roberts-Jones, said: “I wish to call this application in to be heard by the planning committee, on grounds of highway, over development and sewerage issues.”

Agent, Andy Law of Complete Design explained the, proposals in a design statement.

Mr Law said: “The proposal is to construct five retreat pods and a retreat cabin for short term hire.”

He explained that the target market would include people who have an interest in bird watching, yoga, meditation,  rambling and walking nature trails.

Mr Law continued: “The site is located in a picturesque location which would attract good clientele. while also providing tourism for the local towns and traders.

“All of the pods on the site will be of timber construction which will be built off ground anchors which will limit the excavation required, this will safeguard the existing tree roots and minimise the construction works.”

Mr Law added that the main entrance would be around 15 metres away from the road and that a parking area would be provided.

Mr Law said: “All existing trees on the site will be retained as part of the development.

“A new densely planted tree line would be provided as part of the development which would screen the property.

“Every effort will be made to safeguard existing wildlife and more habitats will be created.”

The plans will be decided at a future date.



By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service