Welsh Government planning inspectors tackle appeal on housing plans at Llannerchydol Hall

HISTORIC plans dating back to the 1980s to build 16 houses on land at Llannerchydol Hall near Welshpool have been timed out

While new owners have been coming up with their own proposals to develop the Grade II* (star) listed Gothic style mansion, Welsh Government planning inspectors have been dealing with an appeal on previous plans for a housing development at the property.

In 2021 M J Barrett had applied to Powys County Council for a certificate of lawful development to allow him to build at the mansion.

In 1988 planning permission for 16 dwelling in the hall grounds was granted.

The development would have been done in several phases.

Mr Barrett argued that as some work had been started on the scheme in 1990, this should allow the first phase for four of the dwellings to go ahead.

Powys planners rejected the application as they believed that reserved matters that discuss details of the development had not been approved and that fresh planning applications were needed.

Planning inspector, Richard Jenkins said: “I concur with the council’s position that the appellant has failed to demonstrate that, on the balance of probability, the requirements of condition two (c) of the planning permission were properly discharged.

“I therefore find that the development did not lawfully commence within the prescribed timescales.

“The planning permission is not therefore extant, meaning that the site cannot be lawfully developed under the terms of those applications.

“For this reason, I conclude that the council’s decision was well-founded.”

He dismissed the appeal.

A Tudor house occupied the site but burnt down around 1776.

After this, David Pugh, a local man who made a fortune selling tea in London, bought the site and built a new house which became known as Llanerchydol Hall.

John Repton was engaged to landscape the surrounding parkland and gardens which included a Japanese Water Garden.

The Repton parkland is listed in its own right.

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