Couple win battle to remove 'eyesore' scrap metal yard
A COUPLE have won their fight to have a scrap metal yard removed from a neighbour's farm.
A Welsh Assembly planing inspector branded the site, on farmland near the Carmel TV transmitter, an "eyesore".
He upheld a decision by Carmarthenshire Council that haulage operator and farm owner Andrew Thomas, of Blaenpant Farm, Maesybont, should remove the site within six months.
Mr Thomas's neighbours, Trisha Breckman and Eddie Roberts, have been calling for the council to take such action for years.
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Mrs Breckman said: "This is fantastic news. It completely exonerates us and says everything we've been saying for six years."
She added that she was disgusted by the way the council had failed to act sooner on her concerns that Blaenpant Farm was being used as a haulage depot.
In January, Carmarthenshire Council ordered Mr Thomas to remove the scrap. He appealed against the notice and refusal of planning permission — but his case was rejected by the inspector after a public inquiry last month.
The hearing was told that items stored on the 4,500 square metre hard-standing included an old static caravan, a redundant fire engine, diggers, tankers, lorry bodies and engines, machinery, industrial skips, metal tanks, concrete sleepers and other scrap metal.
In his decision, planning inspector Clive Cochrane said: "I do not accept that there is any justification for the siting of a large hard-standing for storage of vehicles and equipment in this remote location, particularly on the scale proposed. The site has the appearance of being for scrap metal storage. Therefore, the change of use of the agricultural land to storage use is an eyesore in the rural area."
He said there were ten heavy goods vehicles at the main farm, adding: "It demonstrates to me that there is very little genuine farming activity at Blaenpant and that other, possible unauthorised activities, are occupying the land and the buildings reserved by planning conditions for agricultural use."
The dispute between the neighbours led to a bitter feud between the couple and Mr Thomas and his late wife Karen Bowen, which featured on a TV documentary.
No one from Owen Banks Planning & Development Ltd, which represents Mr Thomas, was available to comment.