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Plans for corporate retreat withdrawn

Created on 09/09/2021 @ 08:04
Plans for a corporate retreat near Llanidloes have been withdrawn.

In June, plans by Straightforward Properties Ltd to convert and extend Rhyd y Carw Mill and Barns in Trefeglwys, near Llanidloes, to turn it into a corporate retreat had been lodged, but they have now been withdrawn.

This is the second time that proposals to convert the property have been withdrawn.

A similar application had been lodged last year and pulled in October 2020.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have highlighted flooding concerns as a problem with the application as the property is in an area at risk of flooding.

NRW planning development advisor, Cinzia Sertorio, said:“We made comments to a similar proposal  back in October 2020.

“Our concerns with regards to flood risk continue to apply to this newly proposed development.

“From an initial review of the application, it is evident that the planning application proposes highly vulnerable development, accommodation for holiday let.

“Our Flood Risk Map confirms the site to be within C2 Zone of the Development Advice Map.”

In document lodges with the application, agent Frederick Carter had explained the scheme.

Mr Carter said: “The proposal is to use the site for a corporate events development attracting visitors from firms in the city to experience a range of activities to improve team building, productivity and wellbeing.

“It is anticipated that the site will provide employment and support local businesses and tourism to the surrounding area.

“The existing buildings on site consist of one vacant stone and timber barn and a brick and timber barn currently used for storage and kennels.

“The application relates to the proposed construction of an activity wellbeing centre or workshops.”

According to Mr Carter the plan for the second barn was to use it as accommodation for the site where visitors would stay while on a course there.

Mr Carter said: “The extension to the barn is greater than 50 per cent however this is to achieve the accommodation needed for the business to function.

“The new events development has been designed to mimic a traditional barn in its form and scale with modern low level glazed entrance to reflect its purpose.”

Due to archaeological concerns about a nearby Roman road, the bedroom block had been moved to the side of the barn.

Mr Carter had said that jobs would have been created to run the business and to clean the accommodations.



By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service