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Friday, 16 August, 2002, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Building bid near Dylan's Boathouse
Dylan Thomas's Boathouse
The Boathouse was Thomas's home for many years
Residents living near Dylan Thomas's former west Wales home fear building work is about to restart on a 300-year-old house next door.

Work has already begun on Ferry House at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, but was halted by officials in April when it emerged that the 70-year-old owner Eric Eynon had not applied for planning permission.

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas: Wrote in the shed above the Boathouse

There had been protests, and a petition was set up by local people, after builders began demolishing the surrounding cliff face as work began to build a new roadway.

Residents of the small township where the poet and his wife Caitlin lived before his death almost 50 years ago had expressed fears that the boathouse could be made unstable.

Now a council spokesman has confirmed that Mr Eynon has submitted a planning application for the development.


The application will be considered by the planning committee within the coming weeks

Carmarthenshire county council spokesman

"We can confirm that a planning permission application has been submitted," said a spokesman for the authority.

"It was a stipulation of the enforcement notice which the council issued a few months ago.

"The application will be considered by the planning committee within the coming weeks," he added.

Residents living near The Boathouse will be consulted and invited to give their views on the applications before councillors meet to decide whether it should go ahead.

Eric Eynon
Businessman Eric Eynon has submitted plans

Now thriving as a popular tourist attraction with Thomas devotees, the house and the small shed on the cliffs above it were where Thomas penned some of his most famous poems.

But the narrow cliffwalk which goes above both the boathouse and Ferry House was not meant for cars.

Some villagers were so worried about dumper trucks going along it when the unplanned building work was carried out in April, they asked both the police and the council to intervene.

Unplanned work

The Carmarthenshire authority forced Mr Eynon to halt the work on Ferry House a few yards from the historic building overlooking the estuary at Laugharne.

At the time, Mr Eynon defended the decision to carry out the building work, saying he was preventing the house from falling into the sea, and making the cliff face safer.

"We should have had planning consent I suppose, but really the building work to be done.

"We had got to the point where we felt it must be done."


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