A POPULAR holiday park has renewed its attempts to secure year-round use on the site and described the council's decision as "flawed".

Hoburne Naish on the edge of New Milton is appealing the verdict made by New Forest District Council.

The site is one of seven Hoburne Holidays sites across the south and the group had hoped to remove a planning condition to allow 12-month occupancy to aid business.

Present rules prevent the site from being used on weekdays for two months of the year, between January 10 and February 10, and between November 10 and December 10.

In their appeal, Hoburne says planning permission for 12-month use had been gained at four of their other sites in the past two years.

This includes Hoburne Park in Christchurch.

The application to get year-round use at Naish was turned down by New Forest District Council in April.

Concerns were raised by the council that if approved the site off Christchurch Road could lead to the park becoming an unauthorised residential caravan park, as well as producing enforcement issues.

An appeal statement submitted by Hoburne Naish says: "It is not necessary or reasonable to have a closed season in order to prevent the caravans being occupied as a person's main place of residence.

"Continued imposition of an eight-week closed period puts the appellant at a commercial disadvantage."

The statement adds the council's arguments over enforcement issues and potential for the site to become permanent residential accommodation are flawed.

Comments from the public must be submitted to Planning Inspectorate by October 3, with both the appellant and local planning authority having until October 17 to comment.

A planning inspector will then consider the arguments and make a ruling on the appeal.