We need planning controls
I READ your report "The Swansea millionaire, his chopper and an historic hedgerow" (Post, January 7) with interest.
The removal of the hedgerows has destroyed the wildlife that resided within and the habitat for other wildlife that visited.
That habitat had matured over more than 160 years. As such it will be difficult, if not impossible to reinstate.
It is precisely to prevent mindless vandalism such as this that planning regulation requirements exist.
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If the appropriate planning applications had been made, these issues would have been brought to the attention of the landowner.
He would have been aware of the consequences of his proposed actions, if he was not already aware.
The reinstatement notices have been issued.
The owner is required to comply or face the consequences. It is to be hoped that our elected representatives will ensure that the planning department rigorously applies the regulations without favour.
I am personally full of admiration for the achievements of Mr Kiley in building such a successful business, but such success cannot be an excuse for such behaviour.
Without planning controls, properly applied, there would be an environmental free-for-all where anything could and would go.
There is no slippage in the planning department of the council. It is surprising that the much-vaunted Gower Society have taken such a muted approach to these issues when it affects so many Gower residents and visitors to Caswell in general.
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