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National parks should lose planning powers, farmers say

National parks should be stripped of their planning powers, a farming union has said.

The three park authorities covering the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire coast and Snowdonia are responsible for planning decisions within their boundaries.

They have rejected claims they are more concerned with tourism than what people and farmers need.

The Farmers' Union of Wales also said giving local councils the powers would save money and mean more consistency in planning decisions.

Tyrone Williams, a plumber and heating engineer from Newport, Pembrokeshire, has storage for his work on land which falls under the Pembrokeshire National Park's jurisdiction.

He said it was impossible to negotiate with the authority.

Strip parks of planning, farmers say

  • 25 Apr 2014
  • From the section Wales
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