We looked at Site 324 on the Barrack Hill in Pembroke Dock. To read this article again see:
Pembrokeshire County Council - Review of Local Development Plan - Episode 1
Since publishing this post, I looked up the owners of this land at the Land Registry. The owners are Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC), who own the freehold title to this former Ordnance Board land. For the sum of £3 you can download the title of the property, along any restrictive covenants. Another £3 gives you a map of the area covered by the title, but unfortunately none is available for this property, it not having been provided when the title was transferred to PCC many moons ago.
In this post We will look at some other properties around The Barrack Hill.
Initially, I will look at Candidate Site 323.
This site, on the western edge of The Barrack Hill, near the car park and bus stop, is near where there was in WW II a barrage balloon site. I remember some of the old mooring blocks and rings being there in the 1960s. (Sorry - a diversion! - Oops!)
The description of the site goes as follows: (Information taken form the Candidate Site Register)
- Name of Site: SGPC Site 3 - Adjacent to carpark and Chapel Road
- Nearest Settlement: Pembroke Dock
- Proposer Name: John Parsons
- Proposer Organisation: South Pembrokeshire Golf Club
- Current Use: Leisure - Golf Course
- Proposed Use: Housing
- Site Area (Ha): 0.25
- Preferred Strategic Compatibility Category: Green
Up until now, I have not mentioned the red boundary line on the maps of Pembroke Dock. This line demarks the present settlement boundary. Planners like to keep development within the settlement boundary, (as I do!) and I expect that you would be able to find many planning applications that were turned down because they were outside the settlement boundary of a particular....settlement. Search at PCC Planning if motivated enough.
If you are not able to pin down where Candidate Site 323 is, this larger area map might help.
The eagle-eyed reader will have noticed the line of the present public right of way that crosses the proposed site diagonally. This follows one of the original tracks laid out when the barracks were built.
Who owns this site?
This is land that comes under the Land Registry title CYM281495. It is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The difficulty with this is the notion of precedent. Some of you will have remembered the planning application for a house at the other end of the Barrack Hill. That is:
- Land Register title: CYM676847, land on the north side of 10 Presely View, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6NP (£40,000, title transferred to present owner of 5 May 2016 from Pembrokeshire County Council).
This piece of land, which from recollection took a while to sell, was part of the former Ordnance Land described for Candidate Site 242 and Candidate Site 344 that I have mentioned above and in my last post.
This sale set a precedent, a very useful thing in planning matters, that it is reasonable to sell off plots of land that lie outside the settlement boundary of Pembroke Dock (the red line) and are on what was The Barrack Hill.
This is worth bearing in mind when thinking about the motives that may lie behind lands sales and subsequent planning applications. One needs to think long term - what are the consequences of an application being granted?
Another precedent that was set by the above grant of planning consent is that the site was within (and still is within) the Pembroke Dock Conservation Area (PDCA). In fact, the whole of the original Barrack Hill Area is within the PDCA, but outside the settlement boundary. See my effort at mapping below:
The pink area with the green border is the Conservation Area and the red border marks the settlement boundary. The Barrack Hill is within the Conservation Area and outside the settlement boundary.
I must point out here that I have no particular issue with anyone who gets permission to build on The Barrack Hill as long as the correct procedures are followed and the intention is made plain from the outset. I would, of course, hope that the planning authority would refuse such an application because of the special nature of the place and its justifiable location within the Conservation Area. It is important that everyone takes notice of the way in which their surroundings can change. If you disagree with a plan, then object as early as you can.
I have made no strong comment so far about any of the proposals so far discussed. Opinions will follow later I would imagine....
Again, please feel free to comment if you wish. I will moderate the comments, but will publish all, but will redact swear words or insulting material. Be polite - it is the best way to be - politely assertive.
To be continued......