Villagers’ delight at holiday park refusal

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

Villagers are “delighted” at the refusal of a controversial holiday park planning application which would have doubled the size of the village.

At a recent planning meeting, the application for 150 holiday use only luxury lodges and static caravans on the former Allerthorpe Park Golf Course was refused.

The application, by Park Leisure and Turnwalk, was down scaled after a previous scheme of 225 was rejected in June last year by East Riding Council as being inappropriate for the application and have a significant adverse affect on the character and appearance of the area.

The reduced size planning application has now been refused on the same grounds.

Ken Macleod, chairman of Allerthorpe Parish Council, said: “The community are absolutely delighted with the unanimous refusal last Thursday.

“The proposed development would have had a significant adverse affect on the village.

“It was initially for 225, it was reduced to 150 but that is still over twice the size of the village it would have had a tremendous adverse affect.”

In the scale down application, developers said they have listened to the concerns of the local community and members and acted upon those concerns.

Thus the most recent application was said to be more sensitively integrated within the existing landscape and with the local community due to its reduced size.

The scheme would also have included the retention of up to 11 holes on the former golf course, which closed in January 2013 and is owned by Turnwalk.

No holiday letting or sub-letting of lodges of static caravans which are for the sole use of the owner and their family for holiday purposes would have been allowed.

A two-day public consultation event at Allerthorpe Park to enable the community together with the council planners and councillors to engage with developers and experience a holiday lodge.

When plans for the much larger scheme were submitted there were 52 letters of objection. The scheme was reduced by 33 per cent but has still been refused.

Turnwalk has yet to comment on the refusal.