Snag in plans to allow holiday cottages to be used as full time homes

Wednesday 5th July 2017 7:51 am
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Plans to turn Abergavenny holiday cottages into private homes hit a snag this week, after councillors deferred the application to a later date.

At a planning meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed to push the application to turn Hazel and Oak Cottages at Wernddu Farm, Llantilio Pertholey into permanent homes, back to allow for a formal assessment of the case to take place.

The cottages have been used as tourist accommodation since 2007.

At the time, councillors granted plans to convert the previously redundant barns into holiday cottages as long as they remained holiday homes for good, as they then failed to meet the then-council’s criteria for the conversion of buildings to commercial use.

Subsequent applications to remove such conditions, and an appeal to the planning inspectorate, were knocked back in 2009.

But an application to increase the maximum length of let from 28 days, to four months, was approved in 2015 on the basis that there was a demand for longer stays during the summer months.

Members of Llantilio Pertholey Community Council have expressed the belief the new application would affect local tourism.

A county council report, released last week, added that granting the application would be ‘inconsistent to vary conditions on buildings that were considered inappropriate for permanent residential accommodation.”

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