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We have welcomed Bridgend County Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission on land at Moor Lane, Porthcawl, south Wales. The society objected because Moor Lane is popular with walkers, runners, horse riders and cyclists, and these vulnerable road-users could not have continued to enjoy this narrow country lane.
Porthcawl Riders and local residents from Nottage opposed the application for a store and distribution centre which would have been serviced by heavy goods traffic. Natural Resources Wales was concerned because of the adverse effect on protected wildlife. Refusing the application as an ‘undesirable sporadic development outside any existing settlement boundary’ the council noted the rural character of the area.
Moor Lane is ancient, going back to the sixteenth century, and includes Cuckoo Bridge which carried the old tramroad and then the railway, with Ffynon Dewi or St David’s Well close by.
Says our local correspondent, Jay Kynch: ‘This is an excellent outcome for walkers, riders and cyclists visiting the area, as well as for local people. We all need quiet lanes to enhance our enjoyment of this attractive countryside.’