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Lack of disabled access at glamping site sparks council planning visit

A lack of disabled access was a major concern when it came to making a decision on approving four glamping pods behind a popular restaurant and pub near Llandysul.

A site inspection panel will head to The Daffodil Inn at Penrhiwllan before deciding whether planning permission will be given.

The Ceredigion County Council development control committee on Wednesday (September 11) heard that the local authority’s highway department also had concerns about the site.

Owners Hugh and Gill Matthews want to put four, en suite glamping pods on land behind the restaurant along with a shepherd hut to house a laundry, store and breakfast room.

The lack of accessibility was acknowledged by the applicant, and the committee heard that disabled people would be offered help to access the pods.

A set of timber steps provided a route from the rear of the pub to the site.

A planning report states: “The application is recommended for refusal as the proposal does not provide a safe and suitable access nor does it provide ease of access for all. It will also result in the increase in parking demand at the site to the detriment of highway safety.”

There was a move to support the application, particularly from local member Cllr Wyn Thomas, to allow the plan to boost the local economy and support the business.

Cllr Thomas added: “There’s an opportunity here for a local pub to diversify and improve on what is offered at the moment.”

Corporate lead officer Russell Hughes-Pickering said: “People genuinely should be able to access new facilities in this county.”

It was agreed that councillors would visit the site and the applicant would try to come up with a way of improving accessibility.

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