A proposal to site several wooden glamping pods in an area of Gwynedd popular with holidaymakers could be rejected.
The scheme at Boduan near Pwllheli also involves building a shower and toilet unit, installing a domestic sewage treatment plant and landscaping works.
But planning officials are recommending councillors refuse the application.
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In a report to Gwynedd Council’s planning committee, officers said all structures would have timber frames and they would be finished with larch cladding.
Documents filed with the application shows the applicants, Mr and Mrs John Cutting, propose to move the pods from the site while the site is closed during the winter and store them in an unoccupied agricultural building nearby.
The council’s Trees Officer found the site is surrounded by ancient woodland and trees are located on the site where it is intended to install the pods and undertake the development work.
“An Arboriculture Impacts Assessment is required by a qualified specialist along with a plan to show the location of the development work in the context of the trees and their roots.
“An Arboriculture Impacts Assessment was submitted but this trees report has not been carried out to an acceptable standard,” the officer added.
The council’s Highways Unit raised “significant concerns” regarding the lack of visibility in the vehicular access to the A497.”
The report to the committee said no information was received to show what consideration had been given to the Welsh language when drawing up the plan although the Design and Access Statement noted it is proposed to “create a sustainable business that will enable local people to continue to live in their community by supporting the rural economy”.
Recommending rejecting the application the officers said: “Despite the fact this proposal meets the majority of needs to develop a new temporary alternative camping site it is likely that the development would cause unacceptable damage to the safe operation of the highway as the junction between the access road and the A497 is unsuitable for increased use by vehicular traffic.
“In addition, although use of the alternative access towards the east was proposed, no necessary information is available to enable the assessment of that element.
“In addition, insufficient information has been submitted to enable an Assessment under the Habitats Regulations to ensure there would be no harm to the SSSI or to assess the potential impact on protected species and trees.”
The committee meet to discuss the application on March 21.
published 2022-03-17 21:24:00