New development dubbed ‘The Pines’ unveiled for derelict Pontins site
PUBLISHED: 16:50 17 June 2020 | UPDATED: 17:11 17 June 2020
A new vision for a derelict holiday park will see a hike in the number of homes, log cabins, a swimming pool, and shops.
Pine Developments, which bought the former Pontins site in Hemsby in April, is asking planners to look at a rejigged scheme.
The 23-acre site already has the green light for 193 houses, a static caravan site, and convenience store.
The new owners say they are seeking to vary the consent for 230 homes, three more commercial units, a leisure centre, swimming pool, and cafe.
A joint statement released by Graham Avery and Steve McGrath of Pine Developments, Bruce Hart of Paul Robinson Partnership, and Jason Parker of Parker Planning Services said they wanted to keep the site’s “parkland” feel.
Under the draft proposals some of the chalets will be remodelled as homes and holiday lets, and the swimming pool will be transformed into a modern leisure hub.
Artist’s impressions show the site - renamed The Pines - as a leafy, family-friendly community.
In the pictures existing chalet blocks are timber-clad with pitched roofs and balconies, looking out over green spaces.
The concept model also features 42 holiday lodges.
Keith Kyriacou, chairman of Hemsby Parish Council said the plans had taken the council by surprise.
He said they were similar to previous ones submitted some years ago adding: “The pathways and green areas all look lovely but who is going to maintain them?
“On the plus side they are not going to put static caravans on there.”
He said members were pushing for a site meeting ahead of a public consultation.
Borough councillor James Bensly said first impressions were positive.
Although he championed the site for holiday use he said all efforts were now focused on getting the best deal for Hemsby.
He broadly welcomed the revised scheme, especially if it would provide starter-home properties for young people priced out of their home village.
“If it turns out the same as the pictures, it will be a great asset for the village,” he added.
“There is a long way to go yet, but if they are doing all this with the virus going on and starting to rebuild and rework and reinvest it has got to be better than it is now.”
The developers say they aim to submit a full planning application before the end of the summer, with a view to starting work early next year..
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