Regeneration at Port Eynon

Dear Occupant                                                                                                           April 2021

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT PORT EYNON VILLAGE                                                                   

In November of 2020 Swansea City Council issued the following statement:

Following a feasibility study for Port Eynon and Horton in 2018, Swansea Council has considered the issues that the report describes and the subsequent recommendations. In summary the study found that Port Eynon appears neglected and under resourced and continues to deteriorate with the village coming under considerable visitor pressure during the height of the season. Locally, the study found that there is some appetite for a proposed new centre that could solve many of the main issues identified at Port Eynon, notably those relating to the management of the car park, the condition of the toilets and boat launching procedures on the slipway. A number of connected issues and recommendations are also identified for the village of Horton.

Swansea Council is following up on the study’s recommendations and is considering a range of improvements that are likely to focus on the following areas:

  • Car parks -improvements to layout, pay stations and public realm.
  • Improvements to the Port Eynon seafront road layout and disabled parking/drop-off point.
  • Port Eynon beachfront landscaping.
  • Improved disabled access to Port Eynon beach.
  • Rationalising RNLI lifeguard facilities on Port Eynon beach.
  • Interim improvements to toilets & changing facilities.
  • Electronic/Smart controls for boat launching/slipway access.
  • Rationalisation of public information and instruction signage.
  • Clearer demarcation of dog-friendly/-free zones and facilities.
  • Improving pedestrian access to – and interpretation of – the beach, dunes, Wales Coast Path, villages, built heritage and biodiversity features (e.g. Port Eynon Salthouse).

Port Eynon Community Council welcomed this statement as reinforcing many issues that the Council had been pressing for action and providing the outline for limited and sympathetic improvements to this historic fishing village that would benefit both visitors and local residents.

In March, Consultants engaged by the City Council issued consultation documents for improvements to be carried out, focussed on the car park area with a series of options ranging from minimal improvement to creation of a pedestrian street with new two storey development along the side of the car park (for details visit www.porteynoncc.org.cc or the Council Notice Boards).

The Community Council have received numerous comments from residents in the Council Ward and beyond to the effect that the current proposals under consideration by Swansea Council go far beyond the above objectives and will be detrimental to the characteristics of the village.

The Community Council, consider that any improvements should be limited to the following:

  • Redevelopment of the present toilets at Port Eynon to provide toilet and changing facilities consistent with modern expectations. Including provision of external shower facilities for both people and dogs.
  • Extension of the toilet building to provide a small number of rental ‘lock-up units’ suitable for seasonal occupation by RNLI, water sports clubs, etc. and office for car-park/beach management staff.
  • Improvement of the present lane to the Youth Hostel and extension to provide a surfaced pedestrian walkway giving unrestricted, safe, pedestrian access to the historic Salt House. (Vehicle access to the Youth Hostel and adjacent Cottages would be restricted by Smart Card or similar).
  • Improved controlled access to the pleasure boat slipway separated from the pedestrian walkway.
  • Improved car park access and car park management using Smart Card or similar technology.
  • Provision of a surfaced pedestrian walkway from the present concourse, round the frontage of Borfa House and on to Horton, replacing the present dilapidated and dangerous board walk.
  • Provision of modern refuse collection points along the length of the beach frontage.
  • Removal of dangerous buried wire fencing within the dunes.
  • Improvements to signage and provision of visitor destination boards.

Similar considerations should be made to replacement and improvement of facilities at Horton beach car park.

The Community Council urges all residents to urgently express their views on these proposals by

Text to                   077870 629268

e-mail to                stubbingsuk@yahoo.co.uk

Post to                    The Clerk, Burry Court, Burry Green, SA3 1HR

Dropbox at            The Old Pharmacy, Monksland Road, Scurlage, SA3 1AY

Port Eynon Waterfront Development

Proposals are being considered by a Steering Group for development of the core of Port Eynon village. The proposals include for the present car park area to be developed to create a new visitor attraction including shops, children’s play area, serviced apartments, restaurant/cafe, toilets, and other facilities.

The Architect’s concept plans can be accessed through the link that follows, also a questionaire to enable views of Gower residents to be transmitted to the Study Group.

The Community Council urges all residents who have a concern for the unique nature of Gower and of Port Eynon as a centuries old fishing village to complete the Questionnaire and transmit their views. Alternatively to transmit their views to the Community Council directly via this web site message form.

Community Presentation

Port Eynon Feedback

Redevelopment of Waterfront at Port Eynon

Swansea City Council have now appointed consultants to develop a concept design for a new beach/community centre building and seafront.

1.A steering group has been setup to include a cross section of Swansea City Councillors and relevant officers together with local community groups.

2.The Steering group design brief and study has been broken down into four component parts:-

Community ,      Tourism,      Commercial,      Travel and Transport.

3.The first Steering Group meeting in February concluded that two options should be considered

Option A; Retain existing Toilets Structure with extension for community and commercial activity. Potential for additional cafe at foreshore.

Option B; Development of a pedestrian street,improved beach access and facilities. Mixture of accommodation and commercial opportunities.

There is an additional, separately funded, proposal for a children’s adventure park and playground.

4.Consultation will be taking place in the wider community(subject to Covid19 restrictions) using online methods and possibly small group gatherings.

5.Plans showing proposals and options A,B and village hall relocation plans are shown on the attached Plans.

6. Having regard to the concept proposals outlined above, it is vitally important that the community consider the strengths,weaknesses,opportunities and threats of any scheme which will shape the future of Port Eynon for many years to come.

Your thoughts and comments will be greatly appreciated and should be forwarded to:-

Robert Fisher, Chairman, e-mail:info@robertfisherlimited.co.uk

Barry Stubbings, Clerk,e-mail: stubbingsuk@yahoo.co.uk

Your response will then be passed on for consideration by the Steering Group.

Option A
Option B

Planning list for February 2021

PORT EYNON COMMUNITY COUNCIL
PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Week beginning 8th February 2021 – no applications

Week beginning 1st February

2021/0285/FUL | Single storey rear extension with accommodation in the roof space, juliette balcony, installation of roof lights and fenestration alterations | Well Cottage Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NL

Week beginning 25th January 2021 – no applications
Week beginning 18th January 2021 – no applications
Week beginning 11th January 2021 – no applications

Week beginning 4th January 2021 – no applications

PLANNING DECISIONS
Week beginning 8th February 2021
Two storey side extension including balcony to the West, single storey side extension, vertical timber cladding to the upper floors and fenestration alterations
Dingle Bank Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AR
Ref. No: 2020/2589/FUL | Received: Wed 16 Dec 2020 | Validated: Wed 16 Dec 2020 | Status: REFUSED –
‘The proposed development, would give rise to the resultant building not having a primary frontage facing onto the adjacent highway, which would represent an incongruous form of development, which fails to respect the visual amenities of the streetscene and detracts from the established pattern of development and character of the village of Knelston, contrary to Policies CV1, PS2 and ER4 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019), the Council’s Design Guide for Householder Development and Gower AONB Design Guide.’

Week beginning 1st February 2021
Siting of a residential caravan (application for a Certificate of Existing Lawful Use)
Scurlage Farm Rhossili Swansea SA3 1BA
Ref. No: 2020/2653/ELD | Received: Wed 30 Dec 2020 | Validated: Mon 04 Jan 2021 | Status:
WITHDRAWN
Week beginning 25th January 2021 – no decisions
Week beginning 18th January 2021 – no decisions
Week beginning 11th January 2021

(Pre-application) Reduction in ground levels around the main dwelling and building of a natural stone retaining wall to create a level patio area. Detached 2 bed granny flat which will be used solely by the owner/occupier of the main dwelling as ancillary living accommodation for family.
2 Salt Cottage Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NN
Ref. No: 2020/2439/PRE | Received: Thu 26 Nov 2020 | Validated: Fri 27 Nov 2020 | Status: Decided
‘In summary, the proposed annex would fail to comply with Policies PS2 and H8 of the Swansea Local Development Plan.
PS2 – The submitted ground level details indicate the ground level being reduced by up to 2m and as such significant material removal and re-profiling will occur, and new retaining walls constructed. No detail pertaining to the retaining walls (either technical structural detail or visual detail) is provided and as such it is not possible to offer any appraisal of note in this regard. As indicated above, retaining structures are prevalent features within this part of the headland (for obvious reasons). However, in the absence of further details, the full visual impact of the proposal along this important are of coastline cannot be fully considered.
H8 – The proposed annex building would be sited along, and from part of the western site boundary orientated eastwards towards the coast. The annexe would be low lying and nestled into the western embankment finished with a sedum room with the exposed elevations timber clad, all of which could contribute towards minimising the visual impact of the building. However, with a footprint of some 87sqm, the building cannot be considered as being subservient to the host property, rather, it would dominate the plot and be at odds the character and appearance of the surrounding built form.’
Single storey rear extension and rear open porch
Scurlage Court Farm Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1BA
Ref. No: 2020/2316/FUL | Received: Wed 11 Nov 2020 | Validated: Tue 17 Nov 2020 | Status: APPROVED
‘In conclusion, having regard to all material planning considerations, including the provisions of the Human Rights Act, it is considered that the proposal represents an acceptable form of development. The proposed development does not cause a significant adverse impact on the privacy or residential amenity of the adjoining neighbours. Furthermore, the proposed development would not have a harmful impact upon the character and appearance of the streetscene or the wider Gower AONB. In addition, the proposal is not considered to have a significant adverse effect on the resilience of European protected habitats and species in accordance with Policy ER 8. Therefore, the development complies with Policies ER 8, PS2 and ER4 of the Swansea Local Development Plan, the Design Guide for Householder Development (2008) and Gower AONB Design Guide (2011). Approval is therefore recommended.’
Week beginning 4th January 2021 – no decisions

planning List for January 2021

PLANNING APPLICATIONS MADE FOR GOWER AREA2, PORT EYNON WARD – JANUARY 2021

2 November 2020 – No applications received

9 November 2020

Addition of first floor and front porch to facilitate conversion of office (Class B1) to a dormer bungalow (Class C3)

The Old Pharmacy Monksland Road Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AY

Ref. No: 2020/2269/FUL | Received: Fri 06 Nov 2020 | Validated: Tue 10 Nov 2020 | Status: Decided – REFUSED

(Pre-application) Four Polytunnels and one store/greenhouse

Land At Llandewi Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AU

Ref. No: 2020/2204/PRE | Received: Fri 30 Oct 2020 | Validated: Thu 12 Nov 2020 | Status: Decided – PERMITTED

16 November 2020

Single storey rear extension and rear open porch Open for comment icon

Scurlage Court Farm Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1BA

Ref. No: 2020/2316/FUL | Received: Wed 11 Nov 2020 | Validated: Tue 17 Nov 2020 | Status: Awaiting decision

23 November 2020

(Pre-application) Reduction in ground levels around the main dwelling and building of a natural stone retaining wall to create a level patio area. Detached 2 bed granny flat which will be used solely by the owner/occupier of the main dwelling as ancillary living accommodation for family. Open for comment icon

2 Salt Cottage Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NN

Ref. No: 2020/2439/PRE | Received: Thu 26 Nov 2020 | Validated: Fri 27 Nov 2020 | Status: Being Considered

Construction of single detached dwelling with associated access and landscaping works (variation of condition 2 to allow for amended plans to be submitted for a smaller dwelling and to consider the details required by conditions 3 (materials), 4 (boundary treatments), 5 (eaves and verges of roofs) and 6 (landscaping) of planning permission 2017/0470/FUL granted 19th May 2017) Open for comment icon

Land To The South Of Knelston Farm Knelston Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AR

Ref. No: 2020/2371/S73 | Received: Tue 17 Nov 2020 | Validated: Mon 23 Nov 2020 | Status: Being Considered

30 November 2020

7 December 2020

14 December 2020

Two storey side extension including balcony to the West, single storey side extension, vertical timber cladding to the upper floors and fenestration alterations Open for comment icon

Dingle Bank Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AR

Ref. No: 2020/2589/FUL | Received: Wed 16 Dec 2020 | Validated: Wed 16 Dec 2020 | Status: Being considered.

21 December 2020 – no applications received

28 December 2020 – no applications received

4 January 2021

Siting of a residential caravan (application for a Certificate of Existing Lawful Use) Open for comment icon

Scurlage Farm Rhossili Swansea SA3 1BA

Ref. No: 2020/2653/ELD | Received: Wed 30 Dec 2020 | Validated: Mon 04 Jan 2021 | Status: Being Considered

PLANNING DECISIONS MADE FOR GOWER AREA 2, PORT EYNON WARD

2 November 2020 – no decisions

9 November 2020 – no decisions

16 November 2020 – no decisions

23 November 2020

Addition of new roof to studio, side rooflight to barn, internal and external alterations to facilitate the conversion of outbuilding to a holiday let

The Bays Farm Overton Lane Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NR

Ref. No: 2020/1398/FUL | Received: Fri 24 Jul 2020 | Validated: Wed 29 Jul 2020 | Status: Decided – PERMITTED

30 November 2020 – no decisions

7 December 2020

Pre-application) Four Polytunnels and one store/greenhouse

Land At Llandewi Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AU

Ref. No: 2020/2204/PRE | Received: Fri 30 Oct 2020 | Validated: Thu 12 Nov 2020 | Status: Decided – APPLICATION MAY PROCEED

14 December 2020

Single storey rear extension with nine rooflights, addition of seven rear rooflights, alerations to fenestration including enlarged first floor side widow with Juliet balcony (amendment to planning permission 2019/2543/FUL granted 8th January 2020)

Well Cottage Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NL

Ref. No: 2020/2119/FUL | Received: Wed 21 Oct 2020 | Validated: Tue 27 Oct 2020 | Status: Decided – REFUSED

21 December 2020

Addition of first floor and front porch to facilitate conversion of office (Class B1) to a dormer bungalow (Class C3)

The Old Pharmacy Monksland Road Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AYRef. No: 2020/2269/FUL | Received: Fri 06 Nov 2020 | Validated: Tue 10 Nov 2020 | Status: Decided – REFUSED

28 December 2020 – no decisions

4 January 2021 – no decisions

THE BAYS FARM, OVERTON LANE – CONVERSION OF EXISTING STUDIO TO A HOLIDAY LET.

DATE VALID: 29.07.2020 APPLICATION NO: 2020/1398/FUL APPLICANT: Mrs Sol Blytt-Jordens The CITY AND COUNTY OF SWANSEA, in exercise of its powers under the above ACT, hereby GRANTS planning permission for: SITE LOCATION: PROPOSAL: The Bays Farm Overton Lane Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NR Addition of new roof to studio, side rooflight to barn, internal and external alterations to facilitate the conversion of outbuilding to a holiday let as referred to in your application and shown on the accompanying plan(s), subject to the following condition(s):- 1 The development hereby permitted shall begin not later than five years from the date of this decision. Reason: To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990. 2 The development shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans and documents: HG.18.64 001 Existing Site Location and Block Plan, HG.18.64 101 Proposed Location Plan and Block Plan and HG.18.64 140 Proposed Elevations, received 24th July 2020. HG.18.64 110 Rev B Proposed Ground, First and Roof Plan, HG.18.64 130 Rev A Proposed Sections 01 – 03 and HG.18.64 131 Rev A Proposed Sections 04 – 05, received 14th October 2020. Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure compliance with the approved plans. 3 No development shall commence until details and/or samples of the materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the development hereby approved have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Development shall thereafter be carried out in accordance with the approved details. Reason: To ensure a proper standard of development and appearance in the interests of conserving the amenities and architectural character of the area. 4 The development shall be occupied as holiday accommodation only and shall not be occupied as a person’s sole or main place of residence. An up-to-date register shall be kept at the holiday accommodation hereby permitted and be made available for inspection by the Local Planning Authority upon request. The register shall contain details of the names of all of the occupiers of the accommodation, their main home addresses and their date of arrival and departure from the accommodation. Reason: In order to ensure that the accommodation is occupied solely for holiday letting purposes only and not for any other residential purpose. 5 Before development works commence on site, a scheme for the landscaping of the site shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The submitted scheme shall be a fully detailed scheme of landscaping including species, spacings and height when planted of all new planting. The scheme shall include indications of all existing trees (including spread and species) and hedgerows on the land, identify those to be retained and set out measures for their protection throughout the course of development. All planting, seeding or turfing comprised in the approved details of landscaping shall be carried out in the first planting and seeding seasons following the first beneficial occupation of the building or the completion of the development, whichever is the sooner; and any trees or plants which within a period of 5 years from the completion of the development die, are removed or become seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of similar size and species. Reason: In the interests of maintaining a suitable scheme of landscaping to protect the visual amenity of the area, to maintain the special qualities of the landscape and habitats through the protection, creation and enhancement of links between sites and their protection for amenity, landscape and biodiversity value. 6 No works, including any demolition works, shall take place until the replacement bat roost recommended by the ‘Survey for Bats & Barn Owls’ document, written by Nicholas Bunn, has been erected on site in accordance with details which have been submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The agreed bat roost shall be retained thereafter. Reason: In the interest of protecting species listed under Schedule 2 and 4 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulation 1994. 7 Where any species listed under Schedule 2 and 4 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994 is present on the site (or other identified part) in respect of which this permission is hereby granted, no works of site clearance, demolition or construction shall take place in pursuance of this permission unless a license to disturb any such species has been granted in accordance with the aforementioned Regulations and a copy thereof has been produced to the Local Planning Authority. Reason: In the interest of protecting species listed under Schedule 2 and 4 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulation 1994. 8 No external lighting shall be installed at the site without details of the proposed external lighting first being submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Only external lighting that has been approved by the Local Planning Authority shall be utilised at the site. All other external lighting is prohibited. Reason: In the interest of the visual amenities of the area and to preserve the natural beauty of the Gower AONB.

PLANNING LIST FOR oCTOBER 2020

PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS – OCTOBER 2020

12 October 2020                               None

5 October 2020                                  None

28 September 2020                         None

21 September 2020                        

Pre-application enquiry – Single storey rear extension

Scurlage Court Farm Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1BA

Ref. No: 2020/1885/PRE | Received: Mon 07 Sep 2020 | Validated: Tue 22 Sep 2020 | Status: Decided

14 September 2020                         None

7 September 2020                           none

31 August 2020                                  None

24 August 2020                                  None

17 August 2020                                  None

10 August 2020                                  None

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2020/1885           SCURLAGE FARM PRE-APP FINDINGS

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG):

SPG relevant to the proposed development, which are available to download in full from our

website at www.swansea.gov.uk are as follows:

  • Design Guide for Householder Development SPG
  • Gower AONB Design Guide

Initial assessment of the proposed development and consideration of planning merits

The property which is subject of this enquiry is an attractive stone built farm building on Scurlage Court Farm which forms part of the Gower AONB. The property is set of the main road and as such would be largely screened from public views, however, there is a public footpath which runs to the north-west of the site.

planning for November 2020

PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS NOVEMBER 2020

12th October       No applications

19th October       No applications

26th October

Single storey rear extension with nine rooflights, addition of seven rear rooflights, alerations to fenestration including enlarged first floor side widow with Juliet balcony (amendment to planning permission 2019/2543/FUL granted 8th January 2020) Open for comment icon

Well Cottage Port Eynon Swansea SA3 1NL

Ref. No: 2020/2119/FUL | Received: Wed 21 Oct 2020 | Validated: Tue 27 Oct 2020 | Status: Being Considered

2nd November   No applications

9th November

Addition of first floor and front porch to facilitate conversion of office (Class B1) to a dormer bungalow (Class C3) Open for comment icon

The Old Pharmacy Monksland Road Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AY

Ref. No: 2020/2269/FUL | Received: Fri 06 Nov 2020 | Validated: Tue 10 Nov 2020 | Status: Being Considered

(Pre-application) Four Polytunnels and one store/greenhouse Open for comment icon

Land At Llandewi Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1AU

Ref. No: 2020/2204/PRE | Received: Fri 30 Oct 2020 | Validated: Thu 12 Nov 2020 | Status: Being Considered

12th October

Pre-application enquiry – Single storey rear extension

Scurlage Court Farm Reynoldston Swansea SA3 1BA

Ref. No: 2020/1885/PRE | Received: Mon 07 Sep 2020 | Validated: Tue 22 Sep 2020 | Status: Decided

19th October       No decisions

26th October       No decisions

2nd November   No decisions

9th November    No decisions

Minutes of Council Meeting January 2021

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 25th January 2021 via a virtual platform

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, Gareth Evans

Apologies:             Councillors Gareth Jones, Dave Lewis

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the draft minutes of the last meeting held on 21st December 2020 had been circulated to all Councillors. It was proposed by Councillor Martin Cox, and seconded by Councillor Sheila Fisher that the minutes be accepted and this proposal was agreed by all.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

Clerk advised that there were none other than would be considered via the Agenda

  • Finance 

Clerk advised of current resources available. Invoices had been received from BHB Insurance for the annual policy renewal at £225 and from Ms. Jan Harris for gardening work at Knelston Burial Ground and Scuralge war memorial at £262 and £58;50 respectively. Payments had been made for both. All agreed to retrospectively approve the payments..

 Clerk advised that he was in receipt of invoice from Greenbarnes Ltd for £2,462 for the notice board at Scurlage, noting that it had been recently delivered. MC proposed, GE seconded and all agreed to payment of above three invoices..

Clerk confirmed that reserves together with final payment of 2020 Precept were adequate to meet all envisaged commitments.                      

  • Planning  

Clerk confirmed that he had circulated notice of applications recent applications and decisions.

APPLICATIONS PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED.

2020/1398 FUL    The Bays Farm, Overton – Conversion of existing detached studio building to provide for a self-contained holiday property.

                        Application was not supported but is now approved as follows:-

‘In conclusion it is considered that the proposal, as well as affording economic and social benefits to the wider community, respects the proportions, design, character and appearance of the existing former agricultural building which in turn respects the wider countryside and AONB whilst also offering modern, flexible holiday accommodation. The proposal is of high quality design and subject to conditions controlling traditional materials the renovation will respect the visual amenities of the area. Therefore, it is considered that the development complies with the principles of Policies PS2, CV2, CV4, ER4, TR1 and TR5 of the LDP and Supplementary Planning Guidance documents ‘Gower Design Guide’ and the ‘Conversion of Rural Buildings’. Regard has been given to the duty to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in accordance with the sustainable development principle, under Part 2, Section 3 of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (“the WBFG Act”). In reaching this recommendation, the Local Planning Authority has taken account of the ways of working set out at Part 2, Section 5 of the WBFG Act and consider that this recommendation is in accordance with the sustainable development principle through its contribution towards one or more of the public bodies’ well-being objectives set out as required by Part 2, Section 9 of the WBFG Act. Approval is recommended.’

2020/2119 Well Cottage, Port Eynon – Single storey rear extension with addition of 7 rooflights and alterations to fenestrations.

Application was not supported and has been REFUSED for the following reasons

‘The proposed development, by reason of the excessive number of rooflights being proposed, in conjunction with their sporadic siting within the rear roof slope, would represent a discordant and contrived form of development, that would fail to respect the appearance and character of the host dwelling, to the detriment of the character of the Port Eynon Conservation Area and the wider Gower AONB, contrary to Policies PS2, ER4, HC1 and HC2 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019) and the Council’s Design Guide for Householder Development and Gower AONB Design Guide.’

2020/2269 FUL The Old Pharmacy, Monksland road, Scurlage – Addition of first floor and conversion from office to a dormer bungalow.

Application was supported but has been refused for the following reasons –

1 The proposed dwelling is served by an inadequate level of private amenity space, to the detriment of the living conditions of the future occupiers of the dwelling, contrary to Policy PS2 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019) and the Council’s Infill and Backland Design Guide and the Gower AONB Design Guide.

2 The proposed resultant building, by reason of its excessive height and close proximity to the common boundary with The Old Surgery (to the south), would have an overbearing impact on the occupiers of this neighbouring property, to the detriment of the standard of living conditions they could reasonably expect to enjoy, contrary to Policy PS2 of the Swansea Local Development Plan (2019) and the Council’s Infill and Backland Design Guide and the Gower AONB Design Guide.

NEW APPLICATIONS

2020/2439 PRE    2 Salt Cottage, Port Eynon – Reduction in ground levels and new dwelling to provide additional family accommodation.

Application is not supported for the following reasons –

  • The proposed new dwelling of approximately 1200 sq. m. floor area with two double bedrooms is considered excessive as an addition to the existing property and far in excess of what can be described as a ‘granny flat’.
  • The indicated largely glazed elevations are not sympathetic to and in keeping with the historic location of The Salt House and neighbouring row of traditional cottages.
  • This new dwelling does not benefit from any means of access or provision of parking. Sole access is via an ‘unmade’ lane and the only provision for parking is some distance away in the public car park serving Port Eynon beach.
  • Considerable excavation of the site is proposed, this site is subject to frequent south-westerly gales and serious concern is raised over the stability of ground of adjoining properties unless substantial retaining structures are provided which would themselves form an unsightly change in the landscape of this sensitive area. Substantial sea walls were recently provided to secure the seaward edge of this site.

2020/2371/S73   Knelston Farm, Knelston                   Amendments to planning conditions imposed by 2017/0470/FUL

Application was supported with no comments.

2020/2589/FUL  Dinglebank, Knelston – Two storey side extension, revisions to fenestration and timber cladding at first floor.

Application was supported, noting the following –

  • The proposed extensions involve demolition of an existing single storey extension and replacement with a substantial two storey extension which will more than double the size of the original house.
  • It was noted that the present house is located within a substantial plot on the edge of the village boundaries.
  • It was noted that the new extensions are effectively at the ‘rear’ of the existing house and would not detract from, or interfere with neighbouring properties.
  • It was further noted that the village of Knelston is characterised by a number of large dwellings of relatively recent construction and in the area of this property a number of recent infill developments.
  •  Whilst the extended property will not dominate views from the road and the village, it will be dominant in the landscape when viewed from Llanddewi to the west.
  • The proposed timber cladding will provide an ‘unusual’ elevational treatment in the context of a rural Gower village, but it was acknowledged that it would be a unifying element between the original property and the extensions.

2020/2653/ELD      Scurlage Farm, Scurlage – Siting of a residential caravan

Application was supported, noting the following –

  • It was noted that the address for this application is incorrect/misleading and should be ‘Scurlage Farm, Scurlage’
  • It was further noted that a static caravan had been present at this site for some considerable time, and this had not given rise to any complaints or objections.
  • In principle the Council is of the opinion that every opportunity should be taken to limit and remove the presence of isolated and individual static caravans in the Gower landscape an exception could be made in this instance as it was in an urbanised location and provided accommodation in support of local employment.
  • Highways, Footpaths and Environment

Clerk advised that there were no new issues.

Chair requested that efforts were again made to engage with City Council for a site meeting to review traffic safety in Scurlage. Clerk agreed to write to City council with copy to Cllr.Richard Lewis and for Chair to follow up with Mr. Lewis.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised that the only correspondence had received was in respect of continued support for the Gower Dark Skies Initiative. All agreed that Council should so support.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

Chair confirmed that new board for Scurlage had been received and that he would arrange for it to be erected, hopefully on the existing posts. If successful then the two posts purchased with the board could be used to re-establish the board at St Cattwg’s church in Port Eynon. GE confirmed that he had spoken with DL who had the tools and facilities to prepare the foundations for the new posts.

SF enquired whether it was still the intention to re-locate the existing seat on the Scurlage Green to the vicinity of the bus stop. All agreed that it was better for the present seat to remain at its location and for a new seat to be purchased and sited at the bus stop.

  • Village Halls

Port Eynon –  Chair advised that he continued to attend VHMC meetings but there were no new substantive issues. Following a site inspection he had identified the need to fell or significantly prune two large ash trees which were suffering from ‘Ash Die Back’. All agreed that quotations be obtained from a tree arborist for any necessary work.

Llanddewi – Chair/SF advised that they would again endeavour to contact Mr. Walters.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Port Eynon Sea-Front Improvements

Chair advised that he had participated in discussion with the appointed architects, held jointly with Cllr. Richard Lewis, and where the focus had been on the potential for a multi use building to be constructed in the car park. Further discussions were planned for the forthcoming week, when he hoped that more details would be forthcoming so that informed discussion could take place both in the Community Council and the community at large. Ge advised that he had been receiving negative feedback from local residents.

  1. Any Other Business            

Clerk advised that he had received a call from Ms Caroline Davies of the special events Section of City Council with regard to a request to hold a wedding reception on Port Eynon Village Green on 6th August for approximately 150 guests. Clerk had requested further details.

Next meeting – Monday 15th February 2021, 7 pm, using zoom meeting facility. Clerk to arrange.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 8: 30 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

26th January 2021

Council meeting 16th November 2020

Port Eynon Community Council

Minutes of monthly Council meeting held on Monday 16th November 2020 at The Old Pharmacy, Scurlage.

Present                  Councillors: Martin Cox, Robert Fisher, Sheila Fisher, David Lewis, and Gareth Jones

Apologies:             Gareth Evans

In attendance       Mr.Barry Stubbings – Clerk;

  1. Minutes                 Clerk confirmed that the notes of a ‘virtual’  meeting held via ZOOM technology on 19th October had been circulated to all Councillors.
  • Declarations of Interest      None were declared.
  • Matters Arising

None considered at this meeting.

  • Finance 

Clerk advised of current resources available and that two of the three precept payments had been received and final payment was due in December.  

Further to the last meeting Clerk confirmed that he had taken out an upgrade subscription for ZOOM meetings at a cost of £144 to facilitate further meetings using this technology. Agreed to reimburse the Clerk.

Clerk advised that he was experiencing difficulty in communications with CARIAD for provision of further defibrillators and all agreed that this likely reflected the Covid pandemic situation.

Timber posts around edge of Overton Green – Penrice Estate had objected and the present stones would be retained.

Xmas trees had been purchased from ‘Gower Fresh Xmas Trees’ for Scurlage and Port Eynon together with solar power lights. Budget of £750. Warden of St Cattwg’s church had kindly agreed for a tree to be ercetec in the churchyard near to the RNLI monument. Councillor Gareth Jones kindly offered to prepare sunken tubes

at each location.

Bench seat at Scurlage bus stop would be facilitated by relocation of the present seat at the Salisbury/Monksland road junction.

War Memorial bench seat had been ordered from David Ogilvie Engineering. Budget £1,260.

A further bench seat had been purchased for the green area near nos 20/22 Monksland Road. Budget £700.

New Notice Board had been ordered for Scurlage Green to be located nearby the bus stop. Budget £2,000. Board would provide for community notices in separate section to Council notices.

Repairs to Notice Boards at Port Eynon, and Knelston. Budget £200.

Wildfower planting at Sculage and Port Eynon village greens, and bramble clearance at Port Eynon. Budget £150

Traffic calming measures at Scurlage. Budget £3,000.

Clerk confirmed that reserves together with 2020 Precept were adequate to meet these commitments.                      

  • Planning  

Clerk provided a resume of applications recently considered and now approved or refused

NEW APPLICATIONS

2020/2269 FUL – The Old Pharmacy, Scurlage

Conversion of office premises to living accommodation including addition of first floor and porch.

The community Council have considered this application for full planning approval and have the following comments.

Council supports the conversion to living accommodation of this small property presenting providing office premises. In so doing Council notes that the present flat roof structure is deteriorating and requires substantial renovation works.

Council considers that the addition of a pitched roof and front porch will result in elevations which are more consistent with the residential street scene of Monksland Road. Council notes that parking is presently provided for the office premises by means of a lay-by fronting the property and that this will continue to be the case.

For the above reasons, Council by majority were of the opinion that this planning application is supported.

2020/2119 FUL Well Cottage, Port Eynon

Single storey Rear Extension (Amendment to application 2012/2543)

The community Council have considered this application for full planning approval to amend application 2019/2543 and have the following comments.

The amendment incorporates substantial changes to the rear elevation including 15 roof lights. No supporting floor plans have been provided to illustrate how the amended elevation is integrated with the floor plans. Whilst the amendment would appear to result in a ‘cleaner’ rear elevation the provision of such a large number of roof lights detracts from the overall appearance of the rear elevation.

Council notes that although the cottage is unchanged from the present arrangement of three bedrooms no indication is given as to how provision will be made for parking. Residents and Council are concerned that the lack of parking provision for Well cottage and neighbouring properties is leading to considerable congestion in nearby Orchard  Close which leads to difficulty in access for emergency and refuse vehicles to the properties in this area.

For the above reasons, Council by majority were of the opinion that this amendment to the previous planning application could not be supported.

  • Highways, Footpaths and Environment

No matters considered.

  • Correspondence

Clerk advised that he had received no correspondence of note.

  • Communications, Notice Boards, Etc

See above.

  • Village Halls

Chair advised that he had received notice that an architect was to be appointed to produce an outline scheme for shops, toilets and community centre at the car park in Port Eynon.

  1. Knelston Burial Ground.

Clerk advised, on behalf of the Trustees, that there was nothing to report.

  1. Any Other Business            

There was no further business.

Next meeting – Monday 21st December 2020, 7 pm. At The Old Pharmacy, Scurlage as pandemic restrictions precluded a return to meetings at Knelston School.

There being no further business to discuss the Chair thanked all in attendance and the meeting adjourned at 9: 00 pm.

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Barry Stubbings (Clerk)                                                                                                       Robert Fisher (Chair)

10th March 2020

Notes of Meeting 16 October 2020

PORT EYNON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

NOTES OF A ZOOM MEETING HELD ON 19th OCTOBER 2020

Participating: Robert Fisher, Gareth Evans, Sheila Fisher, Martin Cox, Barry stubbings                                 

Apologies:           Dave Lewis, Gareth Jones

Purpose: To discuss key issues and progress planned expenditure.

Agreed immediate expenditure:

  1. To purchase a new notice board for Scurlage Green, to be sited close to bus stop. (£2,000)
  2. To relocate existing bench from opposite Salisbury Close to above new Notice Board.
  3. To purchase a memorial seat for war memorial garden area. (£1,000)
  4. To purchase new bench seat to be placed on green area at end of Monksland Road in Scurlage. (£1,000)
  5. To obtain from City Council, or purchase, new dog bins for Scurlage, Overton and Port Eynon
  6. To purchase Xmas trees for Scurlage and Port Eynon. (£500)
  7. To secure contractor to restore notice boards at Port Eynon and Knelston, erect new board at Scurlage, resite seat and clear old posts. (£500).

Further expenditure:

Knelston School – assistance with a blindfold/sensory trail in woodland area near to Knelston Garage.

Further projects:

  1. Liaise with City Council on speed restriction along A4118.
  2. Liaise with City Council on new and additional rubbish bins for Port Eynon.
  3. Liaise with City Council on possible long term lease of village green area at rear of Borfa House.
  4. Liaise with City Council/Gower AONB on lowering of sand dunes fronting shops in Port Eynon.
  5. Liaise with Sketty Housing on replanting of trees at Scurlage Green.

General Points

  1. Port Eynon Car park to be open on 24/7 basis, also key evening businesses now have a key to assist customers.
  2. Wire fence between car park and Sky & Sea Park is to be reinstated to original boundary.
  3. Posts along lane to Hostel and salt House to be cleared of encroaching undergrowth.