South West Wales

Pembrokeshire 'eyesore' house given planning permission

Bettws Newydd on the Parrog in Newport
Image caption The planning row about the house began in 2006

The millionaire owner of a controversial seaside house branded an "eyesore" has been told the building does not have to be demolished.

Planners allowed an appeal to retain Bettws Newydd, a large house nearing completion near Newport in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The house belongs to Nolan Nicholas, who owns a windows and doors firm.

He had been refused retrospective planning permission because the house was larger than originally agreed.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park authority had wanted the building pulled down.

It argued the house had not been built according to the planning permission granted in 2006 for the site on an area of the coast known as the Parrog.

A six-day hearing by a Welsh Assembly Government appointed planning inspector was held in October.

Planning inspector Clive Cochrane stated: "In determining both appeals, I am bound to attach considerable weight to the fact that there is an extant planning permission for a new dwelling on the site.

"A dwelling that would be only slightly different from the building subject to these appeals."

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