The Applicants intend to submit a hybrid planning application to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority before Christmas.
A hybrid planning application is one that seeks outline planning permission for part of a proposed development and full planning permission for other part(s) of the same site. The outline and full components are submitted within the same planning application.
Within the hybrid application for Glasfryn Road, full planning permission is being sought for the 38 affordable homes and the 63-bedroom hotel. Outline planning permission is being sought for the 32 shared ownership and open-market sale properties.
An important advantage of this approach is speed. If the planning application is approved, it will allow the new affordable properties and hotel to progress quickly. Further discussions will take place with the National Park on the detail of the open-sale properties (the’ outline’ component of the hybrid planning application) before they are built.
Permission in principle for these properties will be established by a planning approval however, providing much needed certainty and helping to accelerate the delivery of new homes.
There is a substantial need for new affordable homes in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Latest figures (April 2015) from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority states a need for 370 affordable homes in the National Park. To achieve this aim the Authority’s Local Development Plan requires applicants to provide affordable homes on development sites within the Park.
The Authority has identified a need for 25% affordable homes on the site.
If approved, the Glasfryn Road proposals will deliver 38 new affordable homes – 54% of the total number of properties proposed.
This number is higher than the National Park Authority’s policy requirements for new developments in the National Park. The ‘for sale’ properties will also contribute indirectly to providing affordable homes as the surplus from the sale of these properties will be covenanted to Pembrokeshire Housing Association to fund affordable homes elsewhere.
Over and above this, Mill Bay Homes will offer a shared ownership scheme on a selection of the properties for sale (helping to make them more affordable to buy). Mill Bay Homes is also exploring the possibility of offering local residents or individuals with a connection to the local area, the first opportunity to buy the for-sale properties for a fixed period when the development is marketed.
Sketch of the new homes.