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Round house to be demolished



ecohouseA controversial north Pembrokeshire eco-home, which has gained support from around the globe, will have to be demolished. Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee have refused retrospective planning permission today (July 29)

Officers had recommended refusing a retrospective application to keep the roundhouse near Glandwr, and following the recommendation, planning and rights committee members held a site visit before making the decision today.

Charlie Hague and Megan Williams had gained huge support for their fight to keep their home.

Pembrokeshire County Council said: “A retrospective planning application for a controversial roundhouse built without planning permission in open countryside has been rejected.”

“Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planning and Rights of Way committee voted to refuse the retrospective application for the dwelling in Glandwr at a meeting this morning.”

“The committee said that the development was an unjustified development in open countryside contrary to planning policies.”

Councillor Rob Summons, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, said that despite the building’s relatively low visual impact it eroded the rural character of its surroundings and represented  an unsustainable form of development in terms of distance from day to day facilities.”

“Planning is a rigorous process with clear guidelines and if it is to be  enforced fairly has to be upheld by everyone,” he said.

The applicants now have six months within which to lodge an appeal against today’s decision.

Pembrokeshire County Council originally issued an enforcement notice against the roundhouse in December 2012 because it had been built without planning permission in open countryside and was therefore contrary to planning policy.

An appeal against this decision was refused by a Welsh Government Planning Inspector last July.

The inspector said the benefits of the development did not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside.



  1. Peter Warrender

    July 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Our planning laws urgently need reforming to allow such dwellings, why should anyone have to be saddled with a 25+ year debt by way of a mortgage. Living costs would much cheaper, life easier and more enjoyable if we lived off the grid, self sufficient, growing our own food and above all\”free from debt\”.

  2. Margaret Duncan

    July 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Seems as if Pembrokeshire Council is rotten right through
    all departments.

  3. kathryn hodgson

    July 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm


  4. Phil McFadden

    July 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    \”Tell us your your thoughts\”-the press is staggering their their thoughts about this injustice!

  5. Bob

    July 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    With all the rogue activity going in in the PCC i think personally they should leave these people alone, if I had my way i wouldn’t even pay council tax etc to these because of all the malicious activity going on in that place but hey, thats PCC for you..

    Just back off leave these people live their lives how they want, if they built illegally in a town area i would object but their out the way leave it that way.

  6. Phil McFadden

    July 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I can understand setting a precedent but come on…..Pembroke and Carmarthen chief executive are under investigation. Parc y Scarlet avoided every planning issue and yet it was granted on appeal. Sorry guys if you played rugby and you knew the chief executive, it would be sorted.

  7. Steve Jones

    July 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I feel sick to my stomach to think of such a uniquely beautiful and environmentally sympathetic home being bull-dosed into the ground. It will be like witnessing an act of thuggery and vandalism and not be able to do a damn thing about it (well, at least I can use my vote against them come next election). This is \’by the book\’, \’job\’s worth\’, \’minion mentality\’ at it\’s very worst. Shameful.

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Police launch urgent search for missing 16-year-old in west Wales



POLICE are actively searching for a missing 16-year-old boy, known only as Kobi, who has not been seen since last week. The teenager has connections across various towns in west Wales, including Llandeilo, Carmarthen, and Cardigan.

Kobi, described as tall with shaved black hair featuring a purple tint, was last spotted in Llanelli. Authorities have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of the boy immediately.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police issued a public appeal, stating: “Can you help find Kobi, who has been reported missing? Kobi is 16 years old, and described as tall with shaved black hair which has a purple tint.”

Anyone with information on Kobi’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police without delay, as concerns for his welfare continue to grow.

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Feedback wanted on regional transport vision



VIEWS are wanted on the future of transport in South West Wales.

Covering Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea, a case for change that’s been developed for a regional transport plan is now open for public feedback until Monday August 26.

The case for change shows how the plan is essential to support the ongoing economic development of the region, while recognising its diverse communities and varying transport needs.

Aims of the plan include improving walking and cycling routes to local services, as well as achieving a shift away from private car usage to more sustainable forms of transport. Affordability will be at the centre of the plan to ensure access to transport is available to all.

Comments on the case for change will help inform a draft regional transport plan that will also be consulted on when it’s ready for feedback.  

Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro plans for an integrated bus and rail network will continue to be developed alongside the regional transport plan’s delivery in future. 

The rail metro elements are projected to add over a million journeys to the rail network, helping move more people out of cars and onto public transport than any other scheme in Wales.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader and Chairman of the Corporate Joint Committee (CJC) for South West Wales, said: “Adding to an outstanding tourism offer, South West Wales is undergoing a time of unprecedented investment, thanks to developments like the Celtic Freeport and £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal.
“These schemes – in combination with many others – will help create thousands of jobs for local people and attract even more investment to South West Wales in future, but we’ve also identified that our current transport network needs significant improvement to keep pace with these developments, while also better meeting the needs of local people in all the region’s communities – both urban and rural.
“The case for change – which also highlights the importance of affordability, climate change considerations and low-carbon transport – is intended as a guide to help inform the emerging regional transport plan.”
Cllr Darren Price, Carmarthenshire Council’s Leader and Chairman of the CJC’s transport sub-group, said: “The transport network is at the heart or our region. It takes us to work, education, healthcare and leisure and social activities both throughout South West Wales and further afield.
“It affects everyone, which is why we’re opening up our case for change for the regional transport plan for public feedback.
“With the population of the region also expected to increase in the coming decades, we need a transport system that accommodates existing and future developments in a way that supports sustainable travel choices, economic activity and social inclusion across the region.”
Head to for more information and the opportunity to give feedback.
Email [email protected] if you have any queries.
Paper copies of the feedback form and consultation materials are available at:
Carmarthenshire: Ammanford Customer Services Hwb on Quay Street, Carmarthen Customer Services Hwb on St Catherine’s Walk or Llanelli Customer Services Hwb on Stepney Street.
Neath Port Talbot: Neath Civic Centre, Port Talbot Civic Centre or The Quays on Brunel Way in Baglan Energy Park.
Pembrokeshire: County Hall in Haverfordwest.
Swansea: The Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road.

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Freshwater West named The Times newspaper Beach of the Year



FRESHWATER WEST has been named Wales’s Beach of the Year, according to the annual best beaches guide by The Times and Sunday Times. The comprehensive guide, now in its 16th edition, lists the top 50 beaches in the UK and will be available in print on 21st July.

Chris Haslam, the award-winning chief travel writer for The Times and Sunday Times, described Freshwater West as “a wilderness of dunes, sand and rocks that draws surfers from across the world to ride its winter waves.” Haslam has personally inspected all 50 beaches on the list over the past eight weeks.

The guide evaluates the stunning beauty of the UK coastline using a meticulous 11-point checklist. This includes water quality, cleanliness, accessibility, parking facilities, lifeguard presence, hygiene standards at restrooms and showers, and dog-friendliness. For 2024, only beaches rated as “excellent” for water quality by national environment agencies have been included, and the guide exclusively covers mainland beaches.

Here are the best beaches in Wales according to the guide:

  • Wales’s Beach of the Year: Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
  • Llanddwyn, Anglesey
  • Porth Iago, Gwynedd
  • Penbryn, Ceredigion
  • Mwnt, Ceredigion
  • Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
  • Pendine Sands, Pembrokeshire
  • Mewslade, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Oxwich, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan

Chris Haslam reflected on his travels, saying, “My Jack Russell, Dave T Dog, and I have journeyed 5,583 miles and explored 543 beaches. The 50 beaches that made our list are graced with outstanding natural beauty, superb infrastructure, and a clear sense of pride from those who live, work, and play there. I’m still in awe of the beauty of the UK coast. From Kynance to Caithness, and Brancaster to Benone, the beaches of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are the most magnificent on earth.”

For more details, visit The Times and Sunday Times Best UK Beaches.

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