Despite a number of discussions councillors “couldn’t see a way of supporting” a Wales international footballer’s application for a large home with fitness facilities at Talybont in Ceredigion. 

Rhys Norrington Davies’ plan to demolish stables and build a new house near his family was first presented to Ceredigion County Council’s development control committee in July.

It was deferred for further discussions and in September was sent to a task and finish working group where “we try to find a compromise” said Cllr Gareth Lloyd but “looking at the information in front of us we had to come to a decision – we couldn’t see a way of supporting this application.”

The National Wales: Rhys Norrington-Davies celebrates with Gareth Bale after beating Finland 3-1Rhys Norrington-Davies celebrates with Gareth Bale after beating Finland 3-1

He added at the development control committee meeting on Wednesday (October 13) that if the house and facilities been separate developments there may have been a way forward, with members hopeful the applicant would consider a new application.

Local member Cllr Rowland Rees-Evans said it was “disappointing” that this was “someone who’s putting Ceredigion on the map and we couldn’t help him,” highlighting the planning policies from Cardiff didn’t always suit rural areas. 

The National Wales: Ceredigion County Council development control committee, Wednesday, October 13Ceredigion County Council development control committee, Wednesday, October 13

The application to demolish existing stables and build a 306 square metre house, with two fitness rooms and plunge pool, on land at Tyn y Cae is recommended for refusal by planning officers.

It was refused by the committee on Wednesday, October 13.

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