Pub Change of Use Success in Ceredigion

13th April 2018
By Louisa Slator

Boyer's Cardiff office achieved consent at committee this week for the change of use of a pub, the Dolau Inn in New Quay, Ceredigion to hotel accommodation on behalf of our client, pub operator S.A.Brains.

The scheme had faced vocal opposition from members of the local community, including a petition with almost 1000 signatories as well as New Quay Town Council, due to the pub's history as a haunt of famous poet Dylan Thomas. However, Boyer put forward a successful case that the pub was no longer commercially viable, and that a change of use to overspill accommodation for the nearby Penwig Hotel would both contribute towards the vitality of the town and preserve the historic external fabric of the building.

Members agreed with the Planning Officer’s recommendation of approval, recognising the contribution the proposed use as hotel accommodation would make to the local economy and the fact that the use of the property of a pub is no longer commercially feasible. This is due to the highly seasonal nature of the business and high levels of competition in the town, as well as wider trends meaning less people are now visiting pubs.

The success continues Boyer’s long track record working on behalf of S.A.Brains on a variety of pub and hotel projects in Wales and the South West.