Objection to redevelopment of Golden Cross Caravan Site

OWNERS of Golden Cross Caravan Park want to replace caravans and reorganise 29 static caravan pitches along with a 12 month holiday season extension – despite opposition from a parish authority.

Planning consent has been sought by Osbourn Leisure LLP c/o Colliers International from Wealden District Council. A planning application said existing caravans on the site were very old and needed to be replaced.Different sizes of caravans were also needed to meet the needs of current clients, it said. A new layout design was therefore needed.

Planner Wendy Sockett, on behalf of the applicant, told Wealden the idea was to refurbish the park.

In a supporting letter, she wrote: “Unfortunately since the existing caravans were sited, the average caravan has increased in size and customers look for the larger units and twin units.

“The revised layout plan seeks to accommodate 29 new caravans in a range of sizes, but in order to accommodate all the units and remain compliant with the site licence it is necessary to amend the layout of the site.

“The car parking has been relocated and sits close to the toilet block building and the public house (Grade II Listed Building).

“This arrangement has been chosen to maximise the space around the listed building and maintain its setting.”

Chiddingly Parish Council has strongly objected to the application, saying it represented over development of the site.

In a letter, the parish council said the new units would be significantly larger than 29 units granted in 2010 – giving a congested feeling to the site. Concerns were also raised about car parking if the plans go ahead.

A parish council statement said: “This [plan] has a detrimental affect on the rural nature of the area and an adverse impact on the setting of a listed building.”