Land and Lakes will bring a business and jobs boost , say supporters

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

ANGLESEY is open for business, according to the Land and Lakes housing and leisure development’s supporters.

Councillor Aled Morris Jones, Anglesey Council’s economic portfolio holder, welcomed the planning committee’s vote in favour of the scheme, which will create up to 600 jobs in Penrhos, Kingsland and Cae Glas.

“Today’s decision sends a strong message that Anglesey remains an island of enterprise.”

Cllr Jones added the application included various agreements with the applicant all geared towards boosting local employment and local business supply chain.

Councillors rejected the scheme last month due to overdevelopment and the detrimental effect on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Having reviewed planning policy and the sites’ relationship to the development boundary, planning officers maintained that the development would cause overdevelopment in the countryside.

They added that any detrimental effect on the AONB would be “extensively mitigated” by the applicant, so would satisfy national policy requirements.

Joe Lock, who led a pro-Land and Lakes campaign, was delighted with the decision and emphasised 90 per cent of the jobs on site would be earmarked for Anglesey people.

He said: “I work with Communities First in Llangefni and Holyhead, who deal with the hard face of poverty every.

“It’s a real that in the 21st century that we’ve got people going to food banks, not able to feed those families, so I think that anything that the council can do to promote jobs and get people into work is a plus.”

Osian Jones, north Wales officer for Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, was disappointed by the decision.

He said: “If the development is permitted to go ahead, it means building on an area of outstanding natural beauty, not to mention destroying that which makes Wales special in the first place.

“The company and the planning department have stated that there’s no need to hold a language impact assessment of the development, which demonstrates its clear flaws.

He added: “We need to think outside the box in order to create a prosperous economy for Wales, and not depend all the time on large companies from outside our country.”

 

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