PROPOSALS to build new shepherds huts on land owned by a Powys holiday lets company have been lodged with the county council.

An application by Nantmel resident Gareth Rowlands to change the use of land for the siting of three shepherd huts and associated works will be considered by Powys County Council, with a decision expected by September 26, 2023.

The proposed development is at Cae-Llwyn, just outside Nantmel, near Rhayader, where Mr Rowlands already has two existing holiday chalets.

Each unit will have one parking space and an additional two spaces will be provided for service vehicles/visitors. Unit 3, meanwhile, will be provided with electric charging facilities.


There are currently no objections to the plans locally or any environmental concerns, with an application from Hay-on-Wye-based agents BP&A Limited outlining a pollution prevention plan they say will act as a control to prevent any impact on the adjacent watercourse during “minor” construction activities.

“The proposed excavations and concrete works will be planned during dry periods to assist with prevention of any runoff entering the surrounding watercourses,” they said in a planning statement.

“Due to the construction of the foundations, once substructure works are complete there is limited capacity for any pollution.

“The works will be completed in 24-30 days. In the event of delays or inclement weather, measures to prevent run off or dust will be taken by covering or damping down any stockpiled which should be of minimal volume anyway.

“All works at the site will be carried out in compliance with (regulations regarding) works in, near or over watercourses and working at construction and demolition sites.

“Should any accidental contaminated water or materials enter or pollute the watercourse or adjacent features, Natural Resources Wales will be notified, although with the above measures in place this is not anticipated.”

In December last year we reported how Mr Rowlands had teamed up with an award-winning Shropshire business to sell shepherd huts to the booming staycation and glamping market.

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Mr Rowlands had joined forces with Salop Leisure Innovative Solutions, the special projects division of the Shrewsbury-based business, to fill a gap in the market for innovative glamping accommodation.

The two businesses promoted the shepherds huts, which can be used for tourism accommodation, garden offices or garden rooms, at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells at the end of November and it was reported they had been very well received. Mr Rowlands was also present at July’s Royal Welsh Show, promoting the huts.

The timber or corrugated metal clad shepherds hut, which comes in a range of sizes, has been designed to offer a variety of accommodation options, with quality and comfort in mind.

Each hut is handcrafted using quality materials to achieve a beautiful, authentic look. The hut has a cosy double bed with storage, a panoramic window, a compact galley kitchen with built-in appliances, a breakfast bar with a feature window and shower room.