THE owner of an outdoor toy warehouse near Welshpool is to appeal after retrospective planning permission was refused for the building.

Powys County Council planners, have turned down the retrospective application to demolish agricultural buildings for an industrial storage building at Penrhos Farm, Penrhos, Llansantffraid-Ym-Mechain,

The application was made by Rebo Ltd, an outdoor toys specialist and online retailer, on March 26, 2019.

Reasons given by the council were failure to demonstrate that no suitable or allocated employment sites or previously developed land were available, impact on highway safety, detrimental impact on the setting of Grade II listed Church of the Holy Trinity, and as having a 'detrimental' impact on the surrounding landscape.

Llandrinio and Arddleen Community Council was among the objectors, stating that the development should be based on an industrial estate.

But the applicant, company owner James Owen, said the refusal creates uncertainty for his staff and that he will fight the decision by appealing to the Welsh Government.

Mr Owen said: “We are very disappointed with the decision that Powys County Council have made and are especially worried for the uncertainty it creates for our 30 staff in these difficult times.

"We will be submitting an appeal to the Welsh Assembly government to contest the decision made.”