Planning permission to convert an Aberaeron garage into a home suitable for a disabled man has been granted.
The application to change an existing domestic garage at the Old Garden Centre, Drefach, and add an extension had been recommended for refusal by Ceredigion planning officers on the grounds of it being ‘outside the settlement boundary’, the impact on the residential amenity of the occupiers and neighbouring house.
At Ceredigion County Council’s development control committee on Wednesday, January 13, local member Cllr Dafydd Edwards argued that it was so close to Aberaeron it was part of the town and the proposal was needed to “accommodate the medical needs of the applicant.”
He, and others, highlighted the obligation of the council under a number of statutory acts such as the wellbeing act, disability act to ensure that a duty of care was upheld and to “look upon this particular application in a favourable manner.”
Cllr Lyndon Lloyd added that it would be a “disgrace” if permission were not granted to allow the applicant to create a wheelchair accessible home, which would allow him to stay near family and have a level of independence.
The committee voted against the recommendation of refusal and the conversion will be permitted.