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St Davids: Controversial Premier Inn remains on development plan



DEVELOPMENT plans for St Davids have been revised – and still feature a controversial 63-bedroom Premier Inn, which residents have been opposed to.

The site,  to the west of Glasfryn Road, will consist of 70 new homes, 38 of which will be affordable properties, in addition to the hotel.

The plans are proposed by four Applicants including Pembrokeshire Housing Association (PHA), Mill Bay Homes, Swangate Developments and Whitbread, the parent company of Premier Inn. If approved, the development will make an important contribution to meeting the need for affordable homes in St Davids and the Pembrokeshire Peninsular.

“Working with the Applicants, we are able to deliver a significant number of new homes in an area that desperately needs them” said Nigel Sinnett, Group Property Services Director at Pembrokeshire Housing Association.

“More than 50% of the homes proposed at Glasfryn Road are affordable homes, double the target for the site, which we will be able to deliver quickly should the application be approved.”

Through the involvement of Mill Bay Homes, the ‘for sale’ properties will also contribute indirectly to providing affordable homes as the surplus from the sale of these properties will be covenanted to Pembrokeshire Housing Association to fund affordable homes elsewhere.

Latest figures from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority states a need for 370 affordable homes in the National Park.

“An important objective of the development is to ensure local people benefit”, commented Matthew Owens, Operations Manager at Mill Bay Homes.

“A number of the ‘for sale’ properties will be offered as shared ownership homes, helping to make them more affordable to buyers. We also propose to explore the possibility of offering local residents or individuals with a connection to the local area, the first opportunity to buy the for-sale properties when the development is marketed.”

The plans to redevelop the allocated site were initially launched in May 2017.

“The plans have generated a lot of interest”, said Kevin Murray, Head of Property Acquisitions (North) who is leading Whitbread’s involvement in the Glasfryn Road site.

“We are convinced the new Premier Inn hotel will benefit St Davids. By contributing towards the planning application costs, we are also helping to facilitate the delivery of the new affordable homes in an area that desperately needs them.”

Planning policy in Wales encourages development on sites that can be freed from planning, physical and ownership constraints in order to create sustainable communities where people want to live. Increased ‘serviced’ hotel accommodation, such as that provided by Premier Inn, is also supported by national and regional planning policy.

“Our customers are very loyal to our brand”, continued Kevin.

“We are very good at marketing our hotels to our customer base. As well as diversifying the range of accommodation on offer in the Peninsular, a new Premier Inn hotel in St Davids will attract additional visitors to the city throughout the year, supporting the local economy. This has certainly been our experience at other seaside and traditional leisure destinations where we have opened.”

An independent economic assessment undertaken as part of the planning application estimates 40,000 guests will stay at the St Davids Premier Inn throughout the year.

These guests are anticipated to spend an additional £1.5 million per year in the local economy as they go out to eat and drink and enjoy the attractions and experiences in St Davids and the wider Peninsular.

Approximately 20 permanent year-round jobs will also be created at the hotel on opening.

The Applicants intend to submit a planning application to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority for determination in early 2018. Before doing so, the Joint Applicants will undertake a statutory consultation on the proposals starting on December 1. The consultation will run until Monday, January 8, 2018.

During this statutory consultation, the planning application documents will be available to view on the website. Comments on the application can also be submitted directly to the Applicants and will be reported within the final planning application documents.

Following the submission of the planning application, the National Park Authority will also consult St Davids’ residents on the development proposals. A decision on the proposed development is expected in spring / summer 2018.


Walwyn’s Castle: Major fire and explosions at Capestone Farm



EMERGENCY SERVICES are currently dealing with a major explosion and fire at Capestone Farm in Walwyn’s Castle.

It is understood that all workers are accounted for, and no livestock is said to be involved.

Fire fighters have laid hoses across the Dale Road to access water to fight the fire near Milford Haven

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue told The Herald that the fire involves chemicals, oil, and acetylene. The spokesperson confirmed that six fire engines are attending the incident.

There are 41 firefighters at the scene of the blaze. The cause of the fire is not yet known, although there have been reports of an explosion at the site.

The fire engines attending are from Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Pembroke Dock, Narberth, Tenby, and St Davids.

A former employee told The Herald that it looks like the fire is confined to the workshops and grain store and that live animals are not involved – however this has not been confirmed.

The are concerns about the structural integrity of some of the buildings involved.

The fire broke out at around 3.45pm.


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Plans submitted for £7m SkyDome project at Bluestone



BLUESTONE has submitted a planning application for its groundbreaking ‘SkyDome’ project.

If Pembrokeshire County Council approves the plans, the undercover facility is expected to inject millions of pounds into the local economy.

The £7million development will see a transparent canopy arched over a massive 7000 sqm area and will include a range of new activities, as well as a 600-seat amphitheatre.

It is hoped the project, which will harness the skills of local contractors, would take around 15 months to build.

Initially it will create 56 new jobs at the resort and will see around £3m spent within the local construction industry

The new all-weather facility has been designed to complement its natural surroundings, with a clear span roof, which would easily cover an area the size of a football pitch. The internal terrain will rise and fall in excess of ten metres which will give the space a genuinely organic atmosphere and a sense of being outside.

Liz Weedon. Head of Projects at Bluestone, said: “SkyDome aims to continue Bluestone’s ecological ethos where the holiday resort has already seen more than 330,000 trees and shrubs planted since 2008, and the creation of two biomass energy centres, producing 7,000 mwh of carbon neutral energy per year.”

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Have your say on proposed changes to parking charges



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is inviting views on its proposals to make changes to car parking charges in car parks where annual charges apply and in car parks where seasonal charges apply.

The Council is proposing two options:

  • option one would reduce the current £415,000 deficit in car parking services
  • option two would eliminate the deficit and allow a small surplus to reinvest in parking and traffic management improvements.

Both options propose a standardised one hour tariff of 50p across the county and higher fees for high demand seasonal car parks. The second option also proposes higher fees for longer duration stays.

Also included are proposals to introduce four new types of parking permit, and increases to fees for five existing types of parking permit.

Proposed New Permits Proposed Increased Charge for Existing Permit
County All Year Permit (Penfro) Parking Permit Passport
Seasonal Permit Any Car Park (Seagull) Reserved Bay Permits (General)
Specific Car Park, Non-Transferable Permit (The Puffin) Reserved Bay Permits at The Croft Car Park, Tenby
Dusk and Dawn Permit Visitor Permit
Tenby Harbour Resident Permit

Those responding are also welcome to put forward their own options for consideration.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, Councillor Phil Baker, said: “We have aimed to strike a balance between ensuring that Pembrokeshire’s town centres remain accessible and affordable places to visit and work while addressing the current budget deficit in car parking services.”

Detailed information is available on the Council’s website at or telephone the Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551 to request hard copy documents.

The closing date for responses is Friday, January 12, 2018.

The responses will be compiled into a report and used to inform an Integrated Impact Assessment.

The Council’s Cabinet will make a decision on the proposals in February.

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