Green light for 600-lodge leisure resort despite ‘significant adverse impact’ on biodiversity

Plans for a 133-hectare holiday park, hotel and restaurants in south Wales have been approved after planning officers advised the economic benefits of the development would outweigh any environmental harm.

The Afan Valley Adventure Resort, near Port Talbot, will be built on a former forestry plantation home to a nationally important population of nightjar birds and an “excellent” population of common lizards.

The council’s biodiversity officer said that the applicant’s mitigation and compensation proposals, as set out in its environmental statement, were “inadequate to address the impacts of the development”.

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