Four weeks ago, Tŷ Hafan was formally notified that a planning application had been submitted for the land directly between our hospice and Beechwood College

While the site owner’s plans for a holiday park continue to be ‘talked up’ on his social media, the application reference number 2023/00708/FUL is not (as yet) for a holiday park, but for a 0.95 hectare area of the site to be used as storage for 308 containers.

Having taken advice from planning consultants and other experts, Tŷ Hafan has formally objected to this planning application on a number of grounds.

We expect the landowner’s ‘plans’ for a holiday camp to continue to evolve, as indicated by his regular social media reports. Hence we would like to reassure everyone who has expressed concern that Tŷ Hafan will oppose the development of any holiday park, or such amenities, on the land immediately next door. This is because of the inevitable disruption to the tranquility of our hospice site, where many children and families are facing, or coming to terms with, unimaginable loss.

Furthermore, we will continue to oppose any such plans for the benefit of the children with life-shortening conditions, and their families, who come from across Wales to use our facilities and to access the unique care and support we provide 24/7.

To reiterate, the security, safety, privacy and tranquility of our hospice and its sensory and memorial gardens is of paramount importance to us, as well as to those we have the privilege of caring for.  It also matters to our thousands of wonderful supporters Wales-wide, and beyond, without whom we could not do what we do.

Simply put, our view is that building a holiday park to serve Barry, between a Sully-based children’s hospice and a residential college for young people with complex needs is not an option.

Click here for full details of the planning application.

If you would like to comment on this planning application please click here to make your views known by close of play tomorrow (Wednesday 13 September). If you are unable to meet this deadline then please do still comment because we understand all comments will be considered.