Planning councillor appeals over enforcement
AN Anglesey councillor has lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate after work to convert one of his fields into a car boot sale site was carried out without prior permission.
Cllr Eric Wyn Jones is alleged to have allowed the work – including removing topsoil and placing aggregates, as well as widening road access and installing gates – at a field he owns on the outskirts of Llanfairpwll known as Cae Prytherch.
The move saw Anglesey Council launch an investigation and dish out an enforcement notice which compels Cllr Jones, who sits on the authority’s planning committee, to convert the land back to its original state.
But having been given three months to comply with the order, an appeal has now been lodged, meaning that Welsh Government appointed inspectors will say if the work should be permitted.
The appeal documents note that the site could not run successfully as a car boot site unless the work, including hard standing, was carried out.
“The land is dually used for agricultural storage and under permitted development rights as a car boot site.
In order to make the site fit for purpose as a car boot site, it is considered necessary for the land to be covered in porous hard surfacing.
“The site is identified as a local service centre in the Local Development Plan and is in a highly accessible and sustainable location ... much more sustainable and accessible in comparison to other car boot sites on Anglesey, which are predominantly reliant upon private transport.
“The site has been used for car boots in the past and from a highways point of view, it is proven to be a safe and accessible site, with no highway safety concerns raised.”
Elected in 2017 for Bro Rhosyr ward Cllr Jones, of the Anibynnwyr Môn group, lists ownership of Cae Prytherch on his register of interests and is listed as the appellant.
Cllr Meirion Jones, one of the local members for the village, said in December he was “disappointed” the situation had arisen, adding that it had been a matter of discussion and concern for the local community council.