Langland tourist apartment plans grounded by neighbour objections
PLANS to convert a former nursing home in Langland into tourist apartments have been rejected, following objections from neighbours.
The application for the development of the former Clifflands Nursing Home, off Clifflands Close, proposed the erection of six holiday apartments, and for the conversion of the existing building to house six holiday let apartments.
It also proposed the widening of access onto the main road.
But a series of objections had been raised, in letters received by Swansea Council.
They included concerns over a loss of privacy for neighbours, over intensification of the site and concerns about access and highway safety.
The Gower Society had also raised concerns over the 'substantial' loss of trees on the site to make space for chalets and car parking, loss of neighbours' privacy, and had called for strict controls, if approved, to ensure none of the holiday use apartments were used full-time.
Gower AM Edwina Hart had also called on the council to take neighbours' views into consideration.
Officers had recommended the application for approval, when it came before members of the authority's Area 2 Development Control Committee.
In a report, they concluded: "It should be acknowledged that the introduction of this use will help contribute to the portfolio of unserviced tourist accommodation in the Langland area and will help attract investment through tourism."
However, councillors voted to reject the application.
Oystermouth councillor Tony Colburn said: "Some neighbours had objected because they thought it was overbearing.
"My objection was that if you have holiday makers here in large numbers, then you would have strangers driving onto a very busy road at a sharp bend, and it would be difficult if you know the road well.
"In particular, if you are looking up the road, your vision would be blocked."