Posted: Sun 25th Jun 2023

Troedrhiwgwair glamping holiday pods proposals to be discussed

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 25th, 2023

PLANS for a leisure development at the site of an abandoned school near Tredegar have been lodged with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.
Mr and Mrs Ross Hughes have applied for planning permission to build four glamping pods with integral services and space for vehicles to park at the Old School, Troedrhiwgwair near Tredegar.
The timber-clad pods would be seven metres long and three metres wide, with living/dining area, kitchen, wet room and sleeping area with children’s bunk beds option and could accommodate a family of four.
Documents show that discussion between the Hughes’ and Blaenau Gwent planners on what could be done with the site had taken place back in 2021.
The couple had been advised against a proposal for a residential development as the site is in the “open countryside” and a scheme would be against planning policy.
The site is also in the Cefn Manmoel special landscape area.
Planning agent Roger Field of Crickhowell-based FTAA Ltd explains that the proposal would include “ecological enhancements”, which includes flower planting.
Thought has also been given to the birds and bats that roost near the site.
Mr Field said: “To attract the largest number and range of insects to the garden the aim is to have flowers in bloom throughout the year, including both annuals and herbaceous perennials.
“By growing a diverse range of flowers, the garden can become a great feeding station.
“Tree species such as oak, willow, elder and hawthorn can offer a great supply of food for leaf eating insects.”
Care would be taken not to have a negative impact on bats living near the site.
Mr Field said: “External lighting will be absent from the established tree boundary and plot boundary hedgerows thus creating a series of dark corridors and avoid causing disturbance to roosting bats that commute between the woodland areas.”
Lighting at the pods themselves would be “no higher than the eave” and would not be close to, or shine towards bat access points, their commuting routes and flightlines.
This would help “maintain a dark corridor” and avoid disturbing the roosting bats.
Mr Field said: “The installed bird nesting and bat roosting features will be maintained in perpetuity with future occupiers being made aware of their purpose, function and importance.”
Blaenau Gwent planners are expected to decide the application by June 26. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By BBC LDRS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales



More from Blaenau Gwent Council

Gwent council questions affordability of new Welsh medium school in budget discussions

Blaenau Gwent Council

Councillor Calls for Increased Use of “Rainy Day Funds” to Lower Council Tax

Blaenau Gwent Council

Cost of Using Sports and Leisure Facilities in Blaenau Gwent Set to Rise by Just Under Seven Percent

Blaenau Gwent Council

Majority of Blaenau Gwent Residents Oppose Council Tax Increase in Budget Consultation

Blaenau Gwent Council

Blaenau Gwent Council Advised to Tap into Reserve Funds to Balance Budget

Blaenau Gwent Council

Plans for £390m Bottle-Making Factory in Ebbw Vale Approved by Blaenau Gwent Planners

Blaenau Gwent Council

Latest from News.Wales

Battle to Save Reindeer Lodge in North Wales as Planning Permission is Contested

Flintshire Council

Council Planning Committee Agrees Code of Conduct for Members and Officers

Monmouthshire Council

Gwent council questions affordability of new Welsh medium school in budget discussions

Blaenau Gwent Council

Vale of Glamorgan Council Proposes Auctioning Mayor’s Car to Save Money

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Retrospective Plans to Convert Workshop to Restaurant Incurs Local Ire

Pembrokeshire Council

Tens of millions earmarked for new schools and projects in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire Council