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Caravan Park Plans In Flamborough Approved With Changes

The expansion of a holiday park near Flamborough nicknamed “caravan city” will not be as big as planned, to the delight of local residents.

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Caravan Park Plans In Flamborough Approved With Changes

Post by Keith » 1 month ago

The expansion of a holiday park near Flamborough nicknamed “caravan city” will not be as big as planned, to the delight of local residents.

East Riding councillors refused planning permission to site 26 caravans on land at the southern end of Thornwick Bay Holiday Village, but narrowly approved plans for ten caravans stationed in a central area of the park.

The larger application was deemed to be harmful to the character of the coastal area, while the ten caravan proposal was considered acceptable at a meeting of East Riding Council’s eastern area planning committee on Monday.

The decision was greeted with cheers from the public gallery when residents in attendance realised that fewer caravans than expected were to be approved.

Councillor Chris Matthews said:

“If we approve this today where will it stop, small incremental development is a real threat to this special area of coast.

I for one do not wish to end up with an expanse of caravans similar to those on the Lincolnshire coast. Flamborough headland has rightly been designated a heritage coast because of it’s environmental and landscape values and we should be protecting it.

Why then ignore the primary objective to protect it by allowing this and other similar developments to nibble away at the natural assets.

Believe me I’m not against tourism or caravans but they do need to be sited in more suitable locations.”

Councillors were also told that the infrastructure of Flamborough cannot cope with the already high number of tourists using North Maine Road, the B-road which is the only route to and from the site.

Prior to the decision, both of the expansion proposals were recommended for approval by the council’s director of planning and economic regeneration, Alan Menzies.

However in the planning officer’s report, Flamborough Residents Association objected to the proposals, stating that such an expansion would deplete the character of the landscape and reduce the open space on the caravan site.

One letter of objection also expressed fears that the site was “becoming a caravan city with very little benefit for Flamborough residents.”

A planning agent speaking on behalf of Bourne Leisure, which owns the Thornwick Bay site via its Haven brand, argued that further improvements are needed to the existing facilities to ensure that the park remains an attractive proposition for future guests.

He said:

“The vision is create a park that is better not bigger and will see an overall decrease in terms of the overall number of pitches, as well as creating areas of high-quality new recreational space and a new nature reserve."

Bourne Leisure purchased the holiday park in 2015, investing a total of £12.5m over past three years on various site upgrades, including to the welcome building, the restaurant/bar and the indoor swimming pool.

The holiday park consists of 1,150 static caravans and 250 touring pitches, and in peak season employs up to 250 staff – making it one of the largest private employers in the area.

Due to the proposed location of the 26 caravans being on land to the south of the site, it was rejected for encroaching onto Flamborough headland heritage coast.

The second, smaller application was was approved, as it was deemed to not encroach to the same extent due its location in a central area of the park.

Councillors voted by a majority of six to one to refuse plans for 26 caravans, while narrowly supporting the ten caravan proposal by four votes to three.

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