News round-up: Big plans for new lodges submitted

Static caravans could be swapped for holiday lodges if ambitious plans for the redevelopment of a North Devon holiday park get the go-ahead.

Knapp House in Northam, which has been a caravan park for 30 years, could be transformed into a woodland park with lodges and woodland pathways.

The site would be rebranded as Knapp Woodland Holiday Park and bosses said it would greatly enhance tourism in the area.

Ashley Clements, who owns Knapp House with his brother Stuart told the North Devon Gazette that it was time to modernise their park (see the North Devon Gazette’s video, below).

“We want to make these clear there are holiday lodges; they are not homes or second homes,” he said.

“We have also kept the allocation inside the boundaries of the existing caravan park; we didn’t encroach on other sites.

“Our overall feeling was to use the landscape we have got, we want a sort-of Centre Parcs feel to it.”

The new lodges will be built over two floors but will fit the contours of the site, with two, three or four bedrooms, with private terraces and barbecues.

The plans are now before Torridge District Council for consideration.

Government gives stamp of approval to £37 million holiday park

Work set to start on £37 million holiday park in South Yorkshire

The Government has given the go-ahead to a £37 million holiday park on a former coal mine in South Yorkshire.

Rotherham Council approved the application for a park on the Pithouse West colliery site near Rother Valley last month. Now Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has ruled that the plans do not require any further investigation.

The plans have been put forward by the Gulliver’s Group, which also operates holiday parks in Warrington and Matlock Bath, reported the BBC.

Julie Dalton, MD of Gulliver’s said she was delighted the project had been given the go ahead and it would give the area “a huge economic boost,” creating about 250 jobs.

Work is due to start later this year, with the attraction scheduled to open in 2020

Humberston Fitties buyer revealed

The buyer of a North Lincolnshire holiday park has finally been revealed

Humberston Fitties, near Cleethorpes, was owned by North East Lincolnshire Council and is home to over 300 chalets.

Chalet owners had wanted to run the park themselves and had tabled a £1.5 million community bid but the council instead opted to sell to an unnamed bidder.

Now, finally, the bidder has been revealed as Tingdene Ltd, which owns around 40 similar parks.

Paul Spriggins, of Tingdene, told the BBC: “We intend to consult with the existing chalet owners and listen to their views, as well as the community group and prominent stakeholders.

“We look forward to safeguarding the next 100 years of use for existing and new residents.”

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