Broads holiday park's bid to add more than 100 homes to meet spike in demand
PUBLISHED: 15:28 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 22 May 2018
A holiday park in a picturesque, history-rich village is looking to expand and add some 107 static caravans.
Cherry Tree Holiday Park in Burgh Castle wants to host a total of 593 units on its Mill Road site and is in the process of buying an adjoining field.
But the application will have to clear planning and licensing hurdles.
It’s current permission is for 543.
Planning documents show a winding road with a series of cul-de-sac loops dotted with the new holiday homes said to be “much needed” and of “greater quality.”
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Some residents have already held their hands up against the application saying the area already has its fill of holiday parks drawing too many cars to the narrow rural roads. Concerns have also been raised about wildlife.
The application comes just as the nearby Wild Duck is looking to expand and Welcome Pit in Butt Lane wants to extend its life - adding to the number of vehicles using the leafy lanes.
Planning documents submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council state: “The proposed development is for a change of use to the existing adjacent arable land located at the north west corner of the Cherry Tree Holiday Park site.
“This will allow for the expansion of the park by providing additional static holiday caravans delivering a higher quality and varied level of accommodation.
“This is to manage the increasing demand found in the self catering market.”
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It said the expansion was in line with other site operators who were doing the same thing, and chimed with a tourism survey which said people preferred seaside and countryside locations.
As well as the extension there would also be some re-jigging on the site to offer “a more desirable caravan experience.”
The park is owned by Parkdean Resorts.
The extension site is 4.4 hectares and is open arable land.
Burgh Castle Parish Council is holding an extra council meeting on Thursday at 7pm in the village hall, Church Road.
People will be able to have their say on the Cherry Tree bid and the Welcome Pit application to extend working and extraction of materials and subsequent restoration of the site for a further five years to 2025.