Planning dispute at holiday park

Golden Cross Holiday Park SUS-150710-170132008
Golden Cross Holiday Park SUS-150710-170132008
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Wealden District Council has issued an enforcement notice to Golden Cross Holiday Park, ordering the demolition of verandas and decking built without planning permission.

The holiday park, in Chiddingly, submitted a retrospective planning application to the council in June 2014 for some covered verandas containing decking and hot tubs.

The original application was refused by Wealden District Council’s planning committee in February 2015 “by reason of their number, position, scale and form will appear prominent and out of keeping with existing development within the vicinity to the detriment of the rural setting”.

Listing reasons for refusal, the decision notice also stated: “The structures will formalise the previously open amenity areas at the rear of these units as enhanced leisure facilities, encouraging intensified use by the occupiers of the units with resultant increase in noise and disturbance to the occupiers of Roosters, including during unsocial hours.”

As a result, Wealden District Council issued an enforcement notice, requiring the covered verandas, willow screening sections, decking, hot tubs and timber verandas to be demolished, dismantled and removed.

Golden Cross Holiday Park, run by Osborn Leisure Lodges, is appealing against the council’s original decision to refuse the planning permission and has also lodged an appeal to the Secretary of State against the council’s enforcement notice, on the grounds the company feels planning permission should be granted and there has not been a breach of planning control.

Osborn Leisure also states the steps required to comply with the notice are excessive and lesser steps would overcome the objections.

The appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations. Anybody wishing to make a comment can do so on the planning portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing teame2@pins.gsi.gov.uk.

Any representations must be received by October 23.

The council believes the unauthorised development and subsequent breach of planning control has occurred within the last four years.

A spokesperson for Osborn Leisure said: “The Golden Cross Holiday Park has been on this site for many years.

“The application had the full support of the planning officer, who recommended it for approval. It was then refused by the committee.”

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