Pembrokeshire's villages could be protected from traveller developments – but only if the Welsh Assembly Government follows Westminster's lead.
Communities in Clayford Road near Kilgetty, Redberth, Sageston, Cosheston and Manorbier have all been up in arms about developments by travellers who are able to exploit planning loopholes.
Now the Conservative Government in England has closed those loopholes, giving much greater protection to villagers.
Local MP Simon Hart said: "Significant changes have been made to the planning laws in England which mean that only those who lead a genuine travelling lifestyle can take advantage of the traveller planning laws.
"I have been contacted many times by residents who are horrified that these encampments are allowed to spring up on the edge of some of Pembrokeshire's most beautiful villages.
"The new rules in England also state that developments will not be allowed on green belt land even where councils do not have an up-to-date supply of caravan sites – the exact reason why travellers in Pembrokeshire effectively have a carte blanche to build anywhere.
"Planning matters in Wales are devolved so this is a matter for the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff Bay. They have followed Westminster before – for example in cutting business rates - and I urge them to do it again to make the system fair and protect our countryside."
Simon Hart MP
House of Commons
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