Eco-village to face planners again

Plans for an eco-friendly village in Wales have been resubmitted to planners less than six months after the application was rejected.

Lammas, an organisation which promotes low-impact living, hopes Pembrokeshire County Council and the local community near the village of Glandwr will give the application the thumbs up this time round.

The plans have been given a thorough re-examination and have been published on Lammas’ website in a bid to show locals and planners exactly what the site will be like.

The original application, for nine zero-carbon smallholdings, a community building and a seasonal campsite was refused last October after the county council’s planning committee said it did not fit in with their Low Impact Development policy.

Paul Wimbush, one of the founders of Lammas, told edie it had taken months of painstaking work to address all of the council’s concerns and draw up the new applications.

He said: “It was a huge amount of work. We have gone through the whole thing with a fine toothcomb and all the comments from the planners and added a whole other level of detail.”

Last time there was outspoken opposition to the plans from some local residents, but Lammas has worked to reduce this.

Mr Wimbush – who hopes to move to the site himself with his wife Poppy and three children – said: “This was one of the reasons we wanted to put it online to clear up any of the myths that were surrounding it.

“In the meantime we have been talking to local people and developing stronger links with them.”

Families that move on to the site, if it is approved later this year, will try largely to make a living on-site, and grow their own food.

The plans can be seen here.

Kate Martin

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