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45-home development plan for ‘failing’ Christchurch holiday park
A ‘FAILING’ Highcliffe holiday park could be closing to make way for a 45-home development.
The owners of Cobbs Holiday Park in Gordon Road, Highcliffe have applied for permission to build the 45 houses on the site of the existing holiday park.
The outline application has been submitted to Christchurch Borough Council for the site, which contains a mixture of static caravans and chalets as well as a play area and clubhouse.
According to a planning statement, the current owner’s father first started the site in 1929 and the business has been in the family ever since.
However, the holiday business has been in decline over the past few years and has not been delivering any profit recently, the statement says.
The report also says: “The contribution to tourism economy from the holiday park is not significant. The business cannot be sustained for much longer and there will be no knock-on effect to the tourism character or function of the area.”
As part of the outline application, the scheme includes a mix of semi-detached houses, detached houses, chalets and bungalows in a variety of plot sizes and shapes.
Planning officers have stated they would not deem the loss of the caravan park as harmful or significant because of the limited size and lack of facilities. Bob Denney, chairman of Highcliffe and Mudeford Tourism Association, said it was a shame to see the loss of the tourism site but he welcomed a development to replace it.
“It is regretful but if it is going to go, I won’t oppose housing – as long as it’s not all retirement homes.
“It’s a shame it can’t be kept on though.”
Mayor of Christchurch and Highcliffe ward councillor, John Lofts, said: “I do have big concerns about the drainage on the land.
“I have made it clear I want this to go before councillors at committee.”
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