TWO more affordable homes will be built in Ceredigion – one near the coast at Llangranog and another further inland near Brongest.
Both houses had been recommended for refusal by Ceredigion County Council planning officers but at the meeting of development control on Wednesday (June 12) both were approved.
The first, a conversion of an agricultural outbuilding into a four bedroom home, had its recommendation changed after more information was received by officers and a section 106 agreement was approved to ensure it remained at an affordable price.
The house will be built at Nantymawr farm just outside Llangranog which is home to parents of Lowri Jones, the applicant.
The proposed works include raising the existing height of the outbuilding slightly in order to create accommodation within the roof space and a mix of lean-to and a gable extension.
The second saw councillors overrule the recommendation and agree that Edrian Monk be allowed to build a three-bedroom home for his family on his uncle’s farm, where he helped out.
Mr Monk’s two uncles are elderly and he helps at Pengelli Uchaf as well as working elsewhere.
Offices said that the site was unsuitable for an affordable dwelling and there was also a lack of information about the need for such a build or whether it could be considered as a rural enterprise.
Objections had been received from near neighbours.
Mr Monk asked that the committee approve his application and recognise how important it was to him and his family to return to his childhood home.
Cllr Dafydd Edwards said he understood officers had rules but “we’ve got to look after our communities” emphasising a need to “ensure the future of the language and the future of our communities.”
“This is a local family committed to maintaining the rural community. It doesn’t come within the guidelines but with a bit of flexibility I’m sure we can look at it. This dwelling is needed for the economy of the area,” he added.
Other councillors backed Cllr Edwards’ view and voted in favour of the application, subject to a section 106 agreement to ensure it remained affordable.