THE Welsh Government have decided not to call in a planning application for the proposed Wellness and Life Science Development at Delta Lakes in Llanelli despite requests based on issues raised including;
- The site is within a flood plain and is contrary to TAN 15;
- The effect on local wildlife is contrary to TAN 5;
- It is inappropriate for Councillors to determine the application with controversy
surrounding the application and calls for investigations into Council Officials;
- Concern sewerage pollutants and effluent from site will enter sensitive marine
- An increase in traffic and air pollution;
- The application is part of the Swansea City Deal which is under review;
- Contamination levels at the site; and
- The effect on the ground from piling and laying of foundations.
In a letter to Llinos Quelch, the Head of Planning at Carmarthenshire County Council, the Head of Decisions Branch of the Planning Directorate in Welsh Government Mrs T Davies said:
“Having assessed the issues associated with the call-in request and, in the light of the Welsh Government’s policy on call-in, I do not consider the issues raised are of more than local importance in this instance. In view of this, I do not consider the application should be called in for determination by the Welsh Ministers and it is now for your Authority to determine the application as it sees fit.
“In reaching this conclusion the planning merits of the application were not taken into account and the decision not to call in the application should not in any way be taken as a reflection on the planning merits of the development. In exercise of their functions under Part 3 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Welsh Ministers must ensure the development and use of land contributes to improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.
“As part of this consideration the Welsh Ministers have taken into account the ways of working set out at section 5(2) of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (WFG Act), which is supported by Part 4 of ‘Shared Purpose Shared Future 1: Core Guidance: Statutory Guidance on the WFG Act’. It is considered this decision is in accordance with guidance issued by the Welsh Ministers under section 14 of the WFG Act and the seven well-being goals by contributing to the sustainable development principle and the well-being objective of ‘Building healthier communities and better environments’ and ‘Building resilient communities, culture and language’. The decision not to call in the application will contribute towards this objective by enabling your Council to proceed to determine the application.”