MEMBER: Councillor Rhys Tudur
Establishing a new touring caravan site (19
units) with a toilet block and associated works
drawn to the late observations form.
a) The Planning Manager explained
that this was an application to change the use of agricultural land, to
establish a touring caravan site for 19 units, extend the existing building to
create a toilet block and associated work on land at Tŷ'n
Lôn, Afonwen. The touring
units would be sited around the boundaries of the field situated to the
north-west of the property.
It was explained that a Planning Statement and summary statement about
how the Welsh language would be considered had been submitted with the original
application along with an Initial Ecological Impact Assessment, Botanical
Survey and Badger Survey and that a Wildlife Mitigation Measures plan had been
submitted at a later date. The original plans had been
for a new toilet block, however, amended plans had been submitted (12 December
2022) which demonstrated a proposal to extend the existing garage building on
the site to create a toilet/facilities block in its
The application had been submitted to the Planning Committee as the
application site was greater than 0.5 hectares.
It was noted that the material planning policy
for approving developments involving touring caravans was Policy TWR 5 of the
Anglesey and Gwynedd Joint Local Development Plan (JLDP). It was explained that
the policy outlined a series of criteria and there was reference to criterion 1
which stated that any new touring caravan development must be of a high quality
in terms of design, setting and appearance and well hidden by the existing
features of the landscape and / or in a place where touring units could be
readily assimilated into the landscape in a way that did not cause significant
harm to its visual quality.
It was reported that the proposed development would
be located on a level field with mature trees along the boundaries and was
therefore hidden from most public vantage points. It was reiterated that is was proposed to reinforce the screening on the site by
planting a new hedge of native trees as the new western boundary to separate
the caravan field from the wider field. This site was not within the Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or a Special
Landscape Area and it was not believed that the development would cause
significant harm to the quality of the landscape. The proposal was designed to
meet the requirements of the licence in terms of space and facilities and
therefore it was accepted that the development was up to standard.
It was noted that the second criteria of Policy TWR 5 required the avoidance of excessive areas of hard standing. In this case, no hard standings were shown for the caravans - the gravel track leading up the field from the entrance was the only hard standing and it was considered that the track could easily blend into the landscape. As no hard standings were ... view the full minutes text for item 6