Firm shelves £50m tourist village plan
PLANS for a £50 million luxury tourist village near Llandeilo have been withdrawn.
The colossal plans have been shelved by Chinese company Maxhard Ltd, although the firm said there is still a possibility the development could go ahead in the future.
The plans which have been withdrawn were to build a 100-bed hotel and 80 holiday homes with a swimming pool on a 22-acre site in Llanfynnydd, near Llandeilo.
The company said the tourist village would be aimed at "a select international clientele". It was hoped up to 70 full time jobs would be created by the project, which also included 10 shops and a car park.
The tourist site expected to attract 20,000 visitors a year, but was criticised for its "inappropriate" design.
A smaller scheme is now being considered by Maxhard but no decision has been made.
Developers said they intended to submit revised plans in June of this year, but no revised plans had been submitted yet.
Architect for Maxhard Ltd Julian Castle said: "The client has decided to change the design." Mr Castle they had decided to change the plans because of pressure from the planners and from the Design Council For Wales (DCFW).
"It is possibly going ahead, but it is early days," Mr Castle added.
The site is on the doorstep of Pantglas Hall, an existing timeshare complex of 25 Swiss-style log cabins.
In a report released in February 2012 the DCFW said: "The bland, disparate and rootless architectural language, designed to appeal to international clients irrespective of site and location, does not do justice to the quality appropriate for this site."
Head of planning at Carmarthenshire Council Eifion Bowen said: "I can confirm that the application has been withdrawn."
The council said letters had been sent out to farmers telling them application had been withdrawn.