The derelict Atherfield Bay Holiday Camp. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to breathe new life into a 1950s holiday camp were rejected by planners yesterday (Tuesday).
Sandy Lane Resort Ltd wanted to transform Atherfield Bay Holiday Camp, off Military Road, into a flagship holiday park with 95 holiday lodges, together with a new clubhouse, restaurant and two new swimming pools.
The scheme, however, sparked fierce opposition from residents with more than 60 signing a protest petition, including every household within a mile of the site.
Their objections centred on the sheer size of the huge development, which incorporated greenfield land.
They were also against year-round occupancy — fearing the lodges could become permanent homes — and raised serious concerns about highway safety as well as light pollution diluting the West Wight’s renowned dark skies.
The Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee shared residents’ concerns and threw out the application against an officer recommendation on the grounds the size, scale and mass of the development would impact on the environment.
Local ward member, Cllr Bob Seely, had said: "I think it’s a housing estate by any other name."