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Rhosson car park appeal dismissed

A Welsh Government planning inspector has dismissed an appeal relating to the unauthorised development of a car park near St Davids.

The appeal by Mr Rhys Price was against an Enforcement Notice issued by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority in April 2017, which related to the use of land at Rhosson, near to St Justinian as a car park – mainly used by boat trippers.

The Enforcement Notice stated that there had been a material change in the use of the land from use for agriculture to a car park, alongside the installation of a payment machine and the laying of hardstanding, without planning permission.

In his report, Planning Inspector Declan Beggan said: “The proposed development would have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the area, and the special qualities of the National Park, contrary to identified local and national planning policies that collectively seek to protect natural heritage.”

The inspector also noted he was “not convinced” that the existing car parks or the local bus service could not provide an “acceptable and satisfactory alternative.”

Park Authority Director of Planning, Jane Gibson added: “This decision is a step in the right direction. The boat tripping industry now needs to work with the planning and highway authorities to develop a long term sustainable travel solution which will benefit the local economy and also respect the special qualities of our much-loved National Park.”

Mr Price will have eight weeks in which to cease the use of the land as a car park, remove the payment machine and all associated equipment. He will have 24 weeks in which to remove the hardstanding and reinstate the land to grass.

To view the case documents and Planning Inspector’s decision in full, visit

Published 14 December 2017

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