CONWY'S planning committee granted a farmer permission to build a new house on his land – but added a condition to prevent the home being sold on the open market.

Applicant Gareth Williams applied to Conwy County Council’s planning department, seeking permission to erect a rural enterprise dwelling at Disgarth Ucha in Llangwm.

Mr Williams sought permission for the single storey L-shaped building at a parcel of land north west of the A5 and the hamlet of Ty Nant.

Councillors were told the farm’s labour is provided by Mr Williams’ father.

Whilst Mr Williams currently has a house under three miles away in Cerrigydrudion, the aim is to provide a second agricultural dwelling and long-term home at the farm.

Councillors heard how the applicant is looking to increase his responsibilities, with plans to take over the farm’s management over the next year.

The committee were told the farm has 20 suckler cows, 20 calves, 20 store cattle, and one bull.

The farm also has a flock of 400 sheep, 120 ewes, 600 fattening lambs, and 10 rams.

The plans for the four-bedroom property include a bathroom, utility and shower room, and open-plan kitchen, as well as a dining and family room.

The plans show a farm track off the A5 providing access via a shared access route, including parking, with space for two cars and a turning area.

Neighbours Emma and Joe Ellerington submitted a letter of support, stating the plans were ‘well thought out and considered’.

But Conwy’s head of planning Ceri Thomas said a condition would ensure the new home wasn’t sold on the open market – and only kept as part of the farm.

The committee were informed land levels would have to be reduced to facilitate the development.

Planning officers advised Conwy’s planning committee to grant the application.

Cllr Gwennol Ellis proposed councillors went with the advice, Cllr Trystan Lewis seconded the proposal, and the committee unanimously voted in favour of granting the application.