Welsh Government approval for 496-acre Anglesey project

The Welsh Government has given the final go-ahead for a 495-acre mixed leisure, temporary nuclear construction workers accommodation and residential development in Holyhead, on the Isle of Anglesey.

Developer Land & Lakes, backed by Kingmoor Park Properties Group in Carlisle, was granted planning permission for the construction over 1,000 holiday lodges and affordable houses in November 2013. However due to the scale of development it had to receive final approval from the Welsh Government, which has now been granted.

The plans consist of three separate elements known as Penrhos, Cae Glas and Kingsland.

The Penrhos proposals include up to 500 lodges and cottages and all-weather facilities including an indoor sub-tropical pool and spa as well as water sports centre, beach cafes and restaurants.

There will be a new visitor's centre, 72-acres of publicly accessible open land and a coastal path.

At Cae Glas, 315 lodges and a 75-bed hotel will be surrounded by 96 acres of coastal nature reserve, visitor centre and outdoor sports facilities.

At Kingsland, there will be 320 houses built to Code for Sustainable Homes level 4; 50% as an affordable provision to enhance the planning gain for the island.

The Cae Glas lodges and Kingsland dwellings would only be delivered if they are initially used as temporary accommodation for construction workers involved in the Wylfa new nuclear power station project.

Richard Sidi, chief executive of Land & Lakes (Anglesey), said: "We have been waiting since Anglesey County Council's approval on the 6th November 2013 for this decision. Given the scale of the application we appreciate the time required for the Welsh Government to give our proposals due consideration and we are happy that they have not deemed it necessary to call in the application for further scrutiny.

"We can now commence satisfying all the conditions and working through the detail of the Section 106 legal agreement. We look forward to strengthening our working relationship with the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Anglesey County Council and the community to enable us to move forward with speed. We will also be continuing negotiations with Horizon regarding the delivery of accommodation for their nuclear workers."

Manchester-based HOW Planning acted as lead consultant on the project, preparing and coordinating the planning application and the environmental impact assessment. The rest of the team was made up of lead masterplanner and landscape architect Planit-IE, traffic advice by Curtins Consulting, heritage architect Purcell, ecology consultant TEP, together with Regeneris Consulting, Capita Symonds, WSP Environmental, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, Edmond Shipway and Colliers International Destination Consulting.Top of Form

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Very good news for the unemployed on Anglese.

By Selwyn Williams.