Wales

New store set for Newcastle Emlyn car showroom site

Plans to build a supermarket on a prominent site in a Carmarthenshire town have been narrowly approved by the county council.

Proposals to develop a former car showroom and other buildings off Tanyard Lane, Newcastle Emlyn, have long attracted objections.

Some people are concerned the project would dominate the town centre and affect trade and tourism.

But a report to the council said a food store could attract more shoppers.

The plans, by Eiddo Davies Properties Limited, were approved by eight votes to seven by Carmarthenshire Council's planning committee.

Most of the site is used by Cawdor Cars while the north eastern section is a public car park with 65 spaces owned by Carmarthenshire Council.

Carmarthenshire Council's development control officer Stuart Willis said a retail impact assessment found the project would benefit the town centre by preventing trade from leaking to Cardigan and Carmarthen.

Impact

Officials in their report admitted some impact on other convenience shops in the town centre, but overall they saw it as beneficial.

But objectors felt the 1,000sqm store plan - being put forward by a property company - would dominate the skyline and have a negative impact on property values as the Cawdor Cars site was surrounded by houses.

But the report said that amendments made to the plans showed it would "not have an adverse impact on the character of the area".

The report said an operator had not been confirmed for the planned store, but there had been speculation locally a major supermarket chain would develop the site.

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