Park decision prompts row

A campaign to have national park planning functions returned to local authorities has been launched by Welsh Assembly Government Tory leader Nick Bourne.

His call came after Brecon Beacons National Park Authority pulled back from revoking permission for a caravan park at Gilestone.

Earlier this year, the authority admitted to serious failings after an independent inspection criticised its handling of the application (Planning, 25 January, p3).

Bourne argued: "The planning functions of the park must be given to local authorities until this costly mess is sorted out."

The authority said it had agreed on its course of action - the enforcement of the planning conditions - after taking legal advice.

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