Holiday Accommodation In The Brecon Beacons National Park
Last Wednesday I posted about the issues Wales Outdoors had persuading the BBNP planning department to allow a mountain bike hire point at Forest Lodge. This lack of vision led in part to Andy not pursuing full planning permission. It has that effect...
At the same time Andy was looking to add a small extension to his cottage as his partner at the time was pregnant and a larger family space was needed. This was also dismissed.
Andy argued that the farm, once the largest upland farm in the area, would, if new rural business' were not allowed to develop and that the accommodation was not allowed to be improved, to become suitable for a modern family, that the four cottages which were all owner occupied would be slowly bought by the owner of the farmhouse and turned over to holiday letting.
At the time Libanus, a small community on the A470 and about four miles from Forest Lodge had a school. It no longer has a school. Andy believes that the success of Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages and similar business' in taking on an ever expanding list of new properties, mostly the kind of property that would make a fine starter home, is in part responsible for for school and shop closures in the villages within the BBNP.
Andy's prediction became fact when three of the four cottages we sold to the owner of the main farmhouse and converted into holiday cottages. This led to Forest Lodge becoming a weekend party venue with the main farmhouse housing about 20 and the cottages an additional 16 or so. Living at Forest Lodge as the last resident became untenable. Home security was lost as there was no longer any midweek neighbours, community was lost and worst of all the noise and disruption at weekends reached a peak when one party goer threatened another with a knife.
Andy's cottage was sold to the owner of the farmhouse and Andy wrote an 'I told you so' letter to the BBNP planning authority who failed to respond...