Carmarthenshire

Holiday lets and lodges plan for 1930s pump-house at Pembrey Country Park

A planning application has been submitted to transform a former pump-house at the entrance to Pembrey Country Park into 16 self-contained holiday lets.

A further 13 lodges for holidaymakers are also proposed for the surrounding grounds which adjoin an existing caravan and motorhome site.

The plans, by Pembrey Leisure Ltd include the conversion of the pump-house with 11 one-bedroom units on the ground floor and a further 5 two-storey units on the first and second floors.

In a planning statement, agents Asbri Plannng said: “Prior to the establishment of Pembrey Country Park, the land was used for a range of industrial uses relating to the First and Second World War, including the development of the Royal Ordinance Factory.

“During the 1970s, Llanelli Borough Council, and now Carmarthenshire County Council, began transforming the area into the established Pembrey Country Park.

The former pump-house at the entrance to Pembrey Country Park

“The former pump-house and surrounding land, located close to the entrance of Pembrey Country Park was originally built Circa 1937-39 and was working until 2000.

“The purpose of the pump-house was to store and pump clean water to Swiss Valley Reservoir, when the demand for water in Llanelli required it to do so.”

The historic building has been vacant for some time according to the report, and in need of renovating to ensure its longevity.

Plans for the building include a contemporary extension to the rear of the building to house a reception, lobby and small shop.

The site would be accessed from Factory Road – the main access road to Pembrey Country Park, with 37 parking spaces provided for those using the facilities.

The planning report added: “”Whilst there is currently provision for touring caravans, tents and motorhomes within the Pembrey Country Park area, there is currently an obvious absence of a self-contained tourist accommodation. The proposed development will therefore diversify and provide a higher quality ‘niche’ offer.”

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