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THE small camping and caravan site near Llanafan will increase in size but remain a “lovely quiet place for visitors” after councillors supported a planning application.

Planning officers had concerns about the visual impact on the rural landscape but councillors felt the benefit to the local economy was positive and the overall impact would be “minimal.”

Land adjacent to Dolau Afon, a Grade II listed building, is currently licensed for five caravans or motorhomes and ten camping pitches for Caravan and Camping Club members.

An application to open the site to all visitors and increase the number of pitches to 20, for mixed use by either touring caravans or campers, was recommended for refusal.

Local member Cllr Meirion Davies asked Ceredigion County Council’s development control committee on July 10 to support the application.

“I had the privilege a few weeks ago, it’s a lovely and quiet place for visitors,” he said.

He added that the owners had improved what was a run down building and site after they moved there in 2015.

“They are asking now for raising that number to allow mixed use and opening it to the public so they don’t have to refuse so many people and increase the income of the business.

“They don’t want to overfill the park because they want people to have a nice quiet holiday,” said Cllr Davies.

It is on the B4340 which sees a regular bus service go passed and it ideally located for a number of walking, cycling and visitor attractions in the surrounding area, the committee heard.

Other councillors gave their support to the application, including Cllr Ceredig Davies who added: “Not everyone wants to be in a caravan on the sea side along with 50 other caravans, they want a bit of piece and quiet and natures, that’s what this site offers.”

An existing toilet and shower block will also be replaced by a portable, timber clad building with solar planes for water heating and electricity.

The committee approved the plan but included conditions to ensure that it was not used for static caravans and steps were taken to protect otters.

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