Mid Wales

Crickhowell Estates loses appeal on Cwrt-y-Gollen plan

A company behind a £50m scheme to build 200 homes on an old army camp in Powys has lost an appeal against the refusal of outline planning permission.

Crickhowell Estates appealed to the Welsh government after Brecon Beacons National Park turned down the application near Crickhowell in 2010.

The development at Cwrt-y-Gollen would have also included a nursing home, pre-school childcare and industrial units.

Landowner Crickhowell Estates said it was "very disappointed".

There was opposition, but planning officers at Brecon Beacons National Park recommended the scheme for approval. However, the planning committee voted against it.

Landowner Crickhowell Estates was seeking planning permission for the homes, although the Ministry of Defence was to retain part of the land adjoining the development for a firing range and other facilities.

A Crickhowell Estates spokeswoman said: "We are of course very disappointed with the decision by the minister.

"We remain of the belief that the proposed development provides the most appropriate response for this brownfield site and would relate to and benefit the entire community of the Vale of Grwynwy and Crickhowell.

"We will now review the position carefully and consider our options in full."

Concerns were expressed about the size and scale of the planned development, its location by a busy A40 road and partially on a flood plain.

Opponents said local services would struggle to cope with such a large influx of residents and that this could threaten existing communities.

A local housing market assessment recently concluded that just 129 new homes were needed in the Crickhowell and surrounding area up to 2014.

The Campaign for National Parks also opposed to the plans and has said its scale was "unprecedented".

Crickhowell Estates has said it consulted widely on the proposals, which it believes would bring a number of benefits to the local community of Glangrwyney.

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