Park holiday village plan backed
mobbsey at gn.apc.org
Sat Dec 18 02:23:54 GMT 2004
Coming at the same time as the news about Brithdir Mawr it confirms my view
that there are two really unpleasant things about members of the
Pembrokeshire National Park Authority -- their face.
Park holiday village plan backed
BBC News Online, Friday, 17 December, 2004
Last month, the High Court heard arguments for and against the £60m Bluestone
Bluestone would include a snow dome and a water park and 430 timber lodges,
some of which would be built in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Mr Justice Jack has ruled that the granting of outline planning permission by
the park authority was not unlawful.
The Council for National Parks (CNP) had claimed there were flaws in the
planning process and had argued that the Pembrokeshire park authority had
disregarded its own policies when granting planning permission in January.
But the judge ruled there was no case of bias at a hearing in Swansea last
The parks watchdog said it was seriously disappointed that its legal challenge
had been thrown out.
"CNP considered that the challenge was a strong one and was powerfully
presented by our legal team," said the watchdog's head of policy Ruth
"The judgment is long and complex and raises a number of issues which require
She added that the national parks body would consider the next step in its
campaign in three weeks.
The Bluestone project was first put forward two-and-a-half years ago for a
site near Narberth, neighbouring the Oakwood theme park, part of which falls
on national park land.
The developers have said it will create 600 permanent jobs and a further 200
jobs for contractors and suppliers.
William McNamara, chief executive of Bluestone, welcomed Friday's judgement,
saying he believed that the village would be "an environmentally and
economically beneficial project" for both Pembrokeshire and the national
"During the intense scrutiny of a lengthy planning process, this view has been
independently upheld by members of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park,
Pembrokeshire County Council and Welsh Assembly Government," said Mr
"Subsequently the ombudsman and now, finally, the High Court have examined
that planning process and confirmed that it was properly conducted.
Mr McNamara said the firm was now looking forward to working positively with
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire County Council and other
stakeholders "to deliver this project and its many benefits to the people of
Pembrokeshire councillor Rob Lewis said the ruling was "excellent news".
"The Bluestone Project will be a world-class operation which will take the
tourism industry in the county into a new era.
There will be 600 high quality jobs which will be year-round."
Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies said he was very pleased that the
project could take advantage of significant backing from the Welsh Assembly
"With tourism being one of Wales' most important industries, this project will
be a huge boost, both to the local economy and to the economy of Wales as a
whole, by bringing much-needed jobs to Pembrokeshire and providing high
quality leisure facilities for locals," he said.
"Once the project is underway, it will be also act as a catalyst to attract
new business opportunities and inward investment into the area."
"We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government, nor are we for
this party nor against the other but we are for justice and mercy and
truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our
nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace
and unity with God, and with one another, that these things may abound."
(Edward Burroughs, 1659 - from 'Quaker Faith and Practice')
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