Controversial plans to create a new holiday home park with up to 225 lodges and static caravans have been rejected by planners at East Riding Council.
The applicants, Turnwalk and Park Leisure 2000, teamed up with the aim of building the holiday home park at Allerthorpe Park Golf Course, which closed in January 2013 and is owned by Turnwalk. The scheme includes the retention of up to 11 holes on the golf course.
The plans were met with a raft of objections from local residents, with the application receiving a total of 52 letters of objection.
The application went before East Riding Council’s planning committee at a recent meeting, who decided to refuse planning permission because “the size of the proposal will have a significant adverse impact on the character of the area and the residential amenity of adjacent communities.”
The applicants claimed the project would create about 30 full and part-time jobs for the area.
The planning committee decided 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”, “the drainage implications given that the site is well known for drainage issues” and “the impact of local services with the potential of more than 500 additional residents in peak season.”
The parish council’s chairman Ken MacLeod has welcomed the local authority’s decision to reject the application. He said: “It’s fair to say the residents of Allerthorpe and Waplington are delighted that the application has been rejected.
“Villagers turned out in force to attend the planning committee meeting and they were united in objection to the over-development of this site and the potential impact it would have on the village, in terms of traffic, drainage and ecology.”
On behalf of the applicants, Jonathan Atkinson, managing director of Turnwalk, said: “We are disappointed that our proposals which were recommended for approval by the planning officers of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, were not subsequently approved by the planning committee. We are currently considering our position in the light of the decision.”