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Dairy farmer prosecuted for breaching planning conditions

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A WHITLAND dairy farmer will pay almost £5,000 for breaching planning conditions placed on development of his land.

Evan Davies, of Henllan Farm, will pay two fines of £500, plus costs and a victim surcharge, totalling £4,908, after failing to comply with planning conditions on retrospective permission for a dairy complex at his farm.

After lengthy legal arguments, Davies accepted his breach and pleaded guilty to the offences in a prosecution brought by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Llanelli Magistrates Court heard that Davies was granted retrospective planning permission for the dairy complex in February 2018, with evidence showing building work had already been completed ‘some time’ previously.

A number of planning conditions were attached to that permission, including works to improve the road junction and surface and foul water drainage systems, and for details about the farm’s slurry capacity to be submitted to the council.

However, later visits by planning enforcement officers found the conditions had not been complied with.

A Breach of Condition Notice was then served, requiring the farmer to take immediate action or else risk prosecution.

The case was taken to court after his failure to act, despite further time being given for compliance with the notice.

At court, Davies’s legal team accepted he had breached the conditions but argued that the conditions were not actually in effect because the retrospective planning permission was never implemented by their client – therefore rendering the notice void.

The council successfully put to magistrates that as a retrospective application, the permission came in to immediate effect on the day it was granted.

It was also noted that Davies had not appealed the planning permission, or the conditions attached to it, despite having the right to do so.

In concluding that the Breach of Condition Notice was legally enforceable, District Judge Christopher James told the court: “He (Davies) clearly did implement the permission by continuing to use the farm premises as it had been used before – as a dairy farm. The position is simply there has been non-compliance with the conditions he did not wish to comply with.”

Cllr Philip Hughes, the council’s Executive Board Member for planning enforcement, said: “Despite repeated warnings from the council’s planning officers, Davies failed to action any of the conditions imposed on his retrospective permission and we had no option but to prosecute.

“Planning conditions are attached to permissions for a purpose, to ensure developments are safe and proper. As this case has proven, they are not optional. There is a clear message here – any developer who deliberately ignores or breaches their planning conditions should expect to face the consequences.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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