North West Wales

Bethesda caravan park allowed to open all year

Ogwen Bank caravan park
Image caption Ogwen Bank caravan park, next to the River Ogwen in Bethesda

A caravan park will be able to stay open all year around after a controversial planning application was approved by Gwynedd council.

Ogwen Bank Caravan Park in Bethesda applied for permission not to close for six weeks of the year

Opponents claimed year-round opening would have a detrimental effect on the Welsh language, and said they would campaign for a change in planning laws.

The planning inspector concluded there would be no negative impact.

The application was approved with the proviso that the park keep up-to-date records of residents' primary addresses, in order to prevent the caravans becoming de facto homes.

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