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Sargeant takes hard line over flood risk developments

Words: Roger Milne

Welsh minister for natural resources and planning Carl Sargeant has made it clear that he will take a tough line on schemes where there is a conflict with national planning policies on development and flooding. 

He has just determined two proposals and in each case accepted the recommendations of the planning inspectors who dealt with the schemes. Both cases were dealt with by written representations and in each case it was recommended that permission should not be granted.

One scheme was for a change of use of farmhouse and outbuildings to hotel accommodation and associated car parking plus demolition of agricultural buildings at Malthouse Farm, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire.

The other was a residential development involving 12 one-bedroom flats and one, two-bedroom flat on land just south of Llanharan Rugby Club, off David Place, Bridgend Road, Llanharan, Rhondda Cynon Taf. All the units were social housing for rent.

Sargeant acknowledged that both schemes had beneficial aspects, but concluded that the risk of flooding was unacceptable.