Planning permission granted on Boar’s Head student property

The Boar's Head and Ty Newydd sites. Photo - Guy Drury

The Boar’s Head and Ty Newydd sites. Photo – Guy Drury

A DECISION to demolish the Boar’s Head and Ty Newydd properties in Aberystwyth town has been overturned by the Welsh Government Planning Inspectorate, Tim Belcher.

The properties, owned by property Developer Geraint Dafis, on Queen’s Road have been awarded retrospective planning permission following an appeal, after it was originally ruled Dafis had disregarded plans that he had originally been given approval for. Approval had been granted originally for a ten-bedroom house, but five large six-bedroom flats were built instead.

Dafis was subsequently fined £20,000 by magistrates after the council found him to be in breach of a planning enforcement on the Ty Newydd property.

After considering the evidence, Belcher said “Having regard for the pressing need for student accommodation in Aberystwyth and the levels of privacy, outlook, and daylight in student halls of residence in the immediately locality, I agree that the living conditions in the Boar’s Head are acceptable”

The Boars Head site before development

The Boars Head site before development

However a student living in one of the properties affected by the ruling said “We haven’t been kept informed throughout the process at all, we found out from the media that the property was ordered to be demolished in the first place, and we hadn’t been told that planning permission had been granted until now.”