Villagers oppose holiday home park

Allerthorpe Park Golf Course, which closed in January 2013.
Allerthorpe Park Golf Course, which closed in January 2013.

Villagers have again agreed to oppose a second application to create a new holiday home park on a former golf course.

At a recent meeting about 60 people met with Allerthorpe parish councillors to discuss a scaled down planning application by Park Leisure 2000 and Turnwalk.

The applicants are now seeking planning permission for 150 holiday use only luxury lodges and static caravans on the site of the former Allerthorpe Park Golf Course, instead of a larger scheme for 225 which was rejected in June this year by East Riding Council as being inappropriate for the location and would have a significant adverse effect on the character and appearance of the area.

The principal of some holiday accommodation was accepted but not on that scale and the developers were asked to resubmit a scheme which is now to be considered by East Riding Council planners. It is anticipated in the longer term that 35 jobs would be created across all aspects of the park. The project would cost about £5million.

Andy Peters, a member of the parish council said: “The villagers were unanimously against the plans. The number of caravans would double the size of the village. It would ruin the village completely.”
He added: “The parish council will be objecting to the plans.”

In their new application developers say they have listened to the concerns of the local community and members and acted upon those concerns and as such the proposed reduction in the size and scale of the scheme now allows the development to be more sensitively integrated within the existing landscape and with the local community, adding: “We consider that the revised proposals address all relevant issues raised and consequently planning permission should be approved without delay.” In their second application they say the site will be an owners only holiday park and the link for owners is the ability to play golf. The scheme includes the retention of up to 11 holes on the former golf course which closed in January 2013 and is owned by Turnwalk and no holiday letting or sub-letting of lodges or static caravans which are for the sole use of the owner and their family for holiday purposes will be allowed. The planning application report by Park Leisure says even on a peak bank holiday weekend the park is likely to be no more than 40% full and on a normal working week the park might only be 10% full.

When plans for the much larger scheme were submitted there were 52 letters of objection. The plans were met with a raft of objections from local residents many of whom turned up at the East Riding Council planning committee meeting to make their views knows. The committee chose to go against the recommendation of East Riding Council’s Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration, Alan Menzies, who recommended it should be approved subject to a number of conditions. Allerthorpe Parish Council objected to the plans for several reasons, including the scale of the development. They also felt it would have an adverse visual impact the local landscape. They were also concerned about drainage problems on what they say is a site well known for drainage issues and potential erratic flooding in heavy rain, the impact of local services with the potential of more than 500 additional residents in peak season.

On behalf of the applicants, Jonathan Atkinson, managing director of Turnwalk, said: “Prior to submitting our revised proposals we held a two-day public consultation event at Allerthorpe Park. This enabled the local community, together with East Riding Council planners and councillors, to engage with us and experience a holiday lodge that had been provided within the parkland environment. As a result of our community engagement we have re-considered the size and scale. We now propose 150 lodges/static caravans which represents a 33% reduction from our original application.

“We will still provide, with the expertise of Park Leisure, an owner-occupied, managed, quality holiday park. This will be sensitively integrated within the existing landscape, whilst re-introducing the golf course together with improvements to the existing clubhouse and restaurant facilities. These will be available for the community and general public”.