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Public protests ignored in modern mansion row

Public demands to scale back a modern mansion built on the site of a traditional wooden shack in a Welsh beauty spot have been rejected.

Bettws Newydd has attracted a barrage of complaints from neighbours since being built in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in Newport.

Local opponents claimed the steel and glass structure stood much higher than the local authorities had permitted when approving the plans in 2006.

But the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Development Management Committee has ruled the property can stay.

Committee chairman Tony Brinsden said while it had been reported the house was 6m higher than allowed for, it was in fact on 40cm larger than what the council had approved.

Some 35 members of public wrote to the authority to register their concern about the development, with only two letters in favour.

Member of lobby group Bettws Newydd Campaign Brendan Blake said he was “very disappointed” with the decision.