Planning and Development

The Society keeps a watching brief on all planning applications within the National Park. For those that are considered significant the Society will provide a statement outlining its position. On major planning issues the Society will be represented at the planning meeting where the issue is to be discussed and will, if necessary, speak.

The Society regularly attends the BBNPA Planning and Rights of Way Committee (PAROW). Information on BBNPA Planning and Development Control can be found here.

An archive of documents and correspondence from and to the Society on planning issues is under development here.

Recent Planning Applications to which the Society has responded.

Planning  Application is 17/15005/FUL.

Four proposed units of holiday accommodation and installation of associated sewage treatment at Gilestone Farm, Talybont-on-Usk

Response to be attached soon.

Planning Application No: 17/14669/FUL

Proposed caravan park for 40 non-permanent units including the following associated development – an extended vehicular access track, new sewage treatment track and an an amenity unit providing toilets and a storage area. Glanusk Park Crickhowell Powys NP8 1LP.

BBPS response 13/04/17
BBPS response 02/05/17
BBPS Response 03/07/17

Planning Application No: 17/14464/FUL

Non-permanent, seasonal holiday accommodation. Three separate sites, each site consisting of a Yurt, Shepherds Hut and Field Shelter.  Llwyn-On Llanthony Abergavenny NP7 7NW

BBPS Response 17/06/17

On Going Major Developments

Circuit of Wales


This is a major development of a Grand Prix Motorcycling Track with a lot of associated development to the south of the National Park and north of Rassau, just north of Ebbw Vale. Whilst the development does not directly affect the Park, there are indirect effects, such as noise and light pollution, traffic across Llangynidr Mountain road, effect on peat within the National Park caused by works and drainage of peat below it etc. There is also a footpath which connects the National Park to land to the south, which needs to be diverted. The Society has been active in objecting to activities which are detrimental to the Special Qualities of the National Park, whilst accepting that such a development will bring significant advantages to people living in the Ebbw Vale area in the form of long term employment

You can find out more about the Circuit of Wales on their website.

Update July 2017

The Welsh Government has refused to underwrite the £200m+ requested by CoW. We await further developments.

A465 Dualling Section 3 Brynmawr to Tredegar


The go ahead has been given for the next stage of widening the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Gilwern and Brynmawr. This involves the road going through the environmentally and archaeologically  sensitive Clydach Gorge. The Society has attended Public Meetings on this proposal and has expressed concerns on public footpaths, lighting and archaeology.

You can find out more about this scheme on the A465 website.


If you wish to contact Elizabeth Gibbs, who holds the planning brief for the Society, about these or any other major planning issues, please use the contact form below.

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