Plan­ning coun­cil­lor ap­peals over en­force­ment

Bangor Mail - - News -

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.

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