A HOTEL owner in Gwbert near Cardigan will add three new houses to his portfolio after Ceredigion planners gave him the green light.

Outline planning permission for properties on three plots next to Madiwela, Gwbert was given in 2016 and this week the details of the proposals were back before officials.

Ceredigion County Council’s development control committee agreed to Wells Jones’ plans for two and three-storey houses of “contemporary design.”

Mr Jones, who owns the nearby Gwbert Hotel and Cliff Hotel, had previously agreed that the two-storey house would be an affordable dwelling.

There were eight letters of objections including an affect on views, disturbance and sewerage and surface water disposal.

Planning officer Catrin Newbold highlighted at Wednesday’s meeting (October 10) that the houses would be built in an area that already featured modern designs, including a nearby curved roof, so it was felt an “innovative and contemporary approach” could be supported.

Agent and architect Llyr Evans said it was a “perfect chance to build buildings of high quality and of modern design.”

Cllr Paul Hinge added that when driving on the road into Gwbert there were a number of “interesting” and “striking” properties.

“They’ve designed a plan that fits in very nicely to the area,” said Cllr Hinge.

Although no conditions were made, Cllr Odwyn Davies asked if the houses could be given Welsh names.