SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY

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Court of Appeal rules that half-century old planning permission in Snowdonia National Park is no longer valid

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9 November 2020

The Court of Appeal’s decision last week means that planning permission granted more than 50 years ago for a significant development of over 400 homes in Aberdyfi has been quashed.

In 1967 planning permission was granted by the then Meirioneth County Council to build 401 open market houses in Aberdyfi. Since the plans were approved over half a century ago only 27 houses have been built following various subsequent planning permissions granted on the site. These subsequent developments, which have occurred over a period of many years, have deviated from the original 1967 consent to such an extent that the National Park Authority deemed the original permission to be invalid.

The developer took legal action against the National Park Authority regarding this, and the issue was tried in the courts in September 2019. The decision was found in favour of the National Park Authority in October 2019 and the original planning permission was subsequently quashed. This decision was upheld by the court of appeal last week.

Jonathan Cawley, Director of Planning and Land Management for the Snowdonia National Park Authority stated:

“Snowdonia National Park Authority welcomes this decision by the Court of Appeal which upholds the original Court decision. There was considerable uncertainty regarding the site and how it would evolve. None of the 27 houses built on the site were in accordance with the original masterplan, which for us raised serious questions as to what would be developed on the site in the future. This addresses the significant confusion and uncertainty surrounding this historic scheme. Any future development in the area will now have to comply with the Local Development Plan.”

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Aberdyfi (© APCE / SNPA)

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For more information contact Ioan Gwilym, SNPA Communication Officer – Corporate Services on 01766 772 253 / 07900 267506 or email ioan.gwilym@snowdonia.gov.wales