A retrospective planning application for a garden room and extension of curtilage prompted a debate about permitted developments and planning enforcement.

An external garden room with decking, and a retaining wall so it could be put at a lower level in the garden at Ty Fosi, Pantycrug, Capel Seion, was approved at Ceredigion County Council’s development control meeting on July 8.

The application also included a change of use to residential garden which extended beyond the previous curtilage, although a smaller area of land was agreed following discussion and it now lines up to neighbouring gardens.

Local councillor Rhodri Davies said that the properties all enjoyed views of the Rheidol Valley but there were concerns that was being affected.

He added that he had spoken to the applicant about building without permission, due to the removal of permitted development rights when built, but he was “insisting on building”.

“It’s happening across the county, the applicant is doing what they want to do, they think they can do what they want,” said Cllr Davies, adding he wanted to highlight the issue and asking for it to be looked at more closely.

Cllr Lynford Thomas, committee chairman, agreed, “people are building dwellings even” and said the council “must be more strict in planning.”

Concerns about the curtilage had been answered, said Cllr Dafydd Edwards who moved support for the application.

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