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A TWO storey extension has been approved for a sea side cottage in north Pembrokeshire.

Permission to demolition the existing garage and attached out building at Mill View, Abercastle, so that a new two storey side extension can be added was granted by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park planning officers.

A delegated decision report dated September 9 states that the extension to the two-bedroom cottage will include a replacement garage on the ground floor and a “family room” on the first floor.

It adds that an earlier submission proposed a larger extension, with curved design, that was considered to overwhelm the character of the cottage and following discussions the plans were amended.

“It is noted that the existing dwelling retains much of its original character and therefore any alterations will need to ensure that the character is retained,” the report adds.

Mathry Community Council objected to the proposal on the grounds of its size, the double car port resulting in an increase in cars on a “road that is narrow and already prone to traffic congestion” and flooding issues.

“The proposed development will not detrimentally affect the character of the existing property, the visual amenities of the surrounding area or the residential amenity of any neighbouring properties in accordance with the policies of the Local Development Plan,” a planning officer adds.

The cottage is currently listed to rent on AirBnB and is also for sale with a guide price of £445,000.

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