Following a ‘cooling off period’ a recommendation of approval has been given for expansion at a south Pembrokeshire holiday park before a final decision is made by Pembrokeshire’s full council.

An application to add 20 lodges at Florence Springs – part of the Heatherton World of Activities complex at St Florence – was recommended for refusal as it was against planning policy outlined in the Local Development Plan (LDP).

There was strong support for the application at June’s planning committee there was strong support for the application and the “economic benefit” to the area with members “minded to approve” subject to a further planning report on the implications of approval and conditions to be imposed, said Clr. Jacob Williams, committee chairman.

These were discussed at the August committee, which had been delayed from the previous month due to technical difficulties, as well as whether a contribution should be made for local infrastructure.

Applicant Charles Davies has said increasing the lodges at Florence Springs would provide “stability and year round jobs” with the aim of adding ten extra roles as well as increasing other part time jobs to full time.

The application includes a managers/security dwelling linked to a new ‘meet and great’ office building, creation of an amenity lake, landscaping and biodiversity enhancements.

The recommendation of approval was supported unanimously by the committee.