P-05-1079 Safeguard Kenfig Nature Reserve using compulsory purchase powers



P-05-1079 Safeguard Kenfig Nature Reserve using compulsory purchase powers


This petition was submitted by Steven Preddy having collected a total of 8,435 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

One of the finest nature reserves in Wales is under threat.


The internationally important sand-dune habitats at Kenfig need to be managed, otherwise they will lose their exceptional value. Bridgend council carried out this work for many years but has had to withdraw due to financial pressures.


The site's owner, a secretive and unaccountable body called the Kenfig Corporation, has not been prepared to agree any future plans. Compulsory purchase may be the only option left.


Additional Information:

Kenfig's sand-dunes are recognised as a Special Area of Conservation, Europe’s highest nature conservation designation.


The Kenfig Corporation has charitable status and so is required by law to take decisions in the public interest. Natural Resources Wales, the country’s public nature conservation agency, has been trying to negotiate with the corporation to secure the site’s future but these discussions have reached an impasse. The corporation has not been willing to agree to any of the proposed options, for reasons that are unclear. It is time for the decision to be taken out of their hands.


In exceptional cases, where there is a clear public interest, the Welsh Government has the power to undertake compulsory purchase to protect a site like Kenfig. Compulsory purchase need not be costly: the site has no commercial value and so there is no reason why the Kenfig Corporation could not sell it to the Welsh Government for a nominal sum.





This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 16/03/2021.


The Committee noted the further responses received and the satisfaction of NRW with the steps that have been taken to establish a Management Agreement and the recent appointment of a Reserve Manager. Given this, the Committee concluded that compulsory purchase does not appear to be an appropriate solution at this time and agreed to thank the petitioner and close the petition.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 26/01/2021.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Newport East
  • South Wales East


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 03/12/2020