Fight over holiday park scheme

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

PLANS to rebuild a crumbling holiday park have been thrown into disarray, with a second scheme set for refusal.

Isle of Wight Council planners rejected an application to redevelop Atherfield Bay Holiday Camp, near Brighstone, earlier this year, on the grounds it was too large and would have an adverse impact on the surrounding landscape.

In a bid to address concerns about residential use, applicant Sandy Lane Resort Ltd submitted a revised scheme with more leisure and entertainment facilities for holidaymakers, in addition to 92 self-catering holiday chalets.

But operations manager Chek Whyte said the additions had increased the size of the development, and officers had now recommended the scheme for refusal. As a result, an appeal has been lodged against the refusal of the first scheme.

Ward councillor Bob Seely said the appeal was a cynical attempt to play the planning system as a result of growing opposition from residents, town and parish councils and environmental groups to the revised scheme. The objections include petitions signed by 290 people.

"Rather than face defeat with the new application, it seems they now feel their best chance is to object to the original refusal," he said.

But Mr Whyte said the earlier scheme had only been revised in the first place to address councillors’ unfounded concerns.

"The first scheme had more than enough facilities, we only added more because the committee wanted them. But now it’s too big and will be recommended for refusal, so we’ve gone back to the earlier application. We are 100 per cent sure the appeal will succeed," he said.

"It has been a very sorry story. We want to redevelop a derelict site, which will create 30 to 50 jobs and bring money in from tourists. It’s a very high-quality development."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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