Residents objected to yet more holiday accommodation in their north Pembrokeshire village, but planning permission was granted by councillors.
St Dogmaels resident Gill Wislocka told members of Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee that she was speaking on behalf of 20 appointees, who “completely opposed the application”.
During the meeting of June 14, a request for the construction of a boathouse with accommodation for vacation rental in the loft of a former shipyard to the northeast of the village and next to the Teifi river, on the Poppit Sands Road.
Ms Wislocka said the addition of holiday accommodation instead of a sailmaker was a ‘fundamental change’ and there was an excessive amount of holiday accommodation, as well as impacts on an area of interest special scientist.
“One company already owns 93 vacation rental properties in our area, we don’t need another one,” she added.
There had been 46 letters of representation received raising concerns about location, design, visual impact, impact on the character of the area, road safety, impact on habitat and biodiversity, light pollution and lack of economic benefits.
St Dogmaels Community Council also opposed the plan and conditions were added to the approval by Dwr Cymru, Natural Resources Wales and the council’s environmentalist.
It has been recommended for approval by the planning department.
There was only one vote against the candidacy of Cllr Jordan Ryan, one abstention due to technical difficulties and 12 votes for the proposal.