ANGLESEY councillors have dramatically rejected plans to create a £120m holiday village for the Island.
Members of Anglesey Council’s planning committee voted four to two against the recommendation to approve the Land and Lakes development at Holyhead.
This decision leaves the development, comprising more than 1,000 homes, cafes, bars and restaurants, a hotel and watersports centre on the former site of Anglesey Aluminium, in the balance.
Developers claim the plan could create 600 permanent jobs and 400 construction jobs.
The Land and Lakes development has divided opinion in Holyhead since first appearing before Anglesey's Planning Committee in July.
Joe Lock, who supports the development, said: “When you go on the doorsteps and speak to the people, there are still some concerns, but the majority of working people support it and what it could bring.
“We're still going to have somewhere to walk the dog or take the children, but with the added benefit of having a major employer in the town.
“The possibility is that Holyhead becomes a destination for tourists rather than a transit point, and the opportunity is there for the town to capitalise on that.”
Cllr Robert Llywelyn Jones said: “Building all these chalets goes against what the local development plan says.
“There are three applications here and they're trying to put the whole job lot together.
"Accomodation for Wylfa has nothing to do with the country park. It's as if they're saying, 'if they don't let us build these houses, then we won't bother with the country park.
“What impact will this have on the Welsh language also? If they're building some 2,000 houses, it will surely have an impact on the language.
“Welsh Water is concerned that there is not enough capacity for water and sewerage. Plus there's the schools, do we have enough spaces at these schools?
"They're full enough already - and then you've got the hospitals.
"The resources of Mon are very stretched as it is.”
The Land and Lakes' application is made up of three sections.
The first is to build a leisure village at Penrhos Coastal Park, including 500 leisure units, indoor water park, sports hall, cafes, bars and restaurants.
This part of the plan has also been adapted to provide 29 hectares of publicly accessible land.
The second is to build 315 lodges plus a hotel, restaurant, cafes, at Cae Glas, which will house Wylfa B workers.
The final part is a 360-home residential development in Kingsland.
Before the meeting, a spokesman for Anglesey County Council said: “The Land and Lakes application is a major development which conflicts with the adopted development plan.”
“Therefore, if the planning committee resolves to approve the application, it will be automatically referred to the Welsh Government.
"The Welsh Government will then have 21 days to determine whether they call in the application for determination.”