Golden Cap Planning Approval Granted
On 13 December the Planning Committee of WDDC approved our planning application for leisure facilities and the reorganisation of the park.
We have spent the last 5 years preparing the application and our wish was to satisfy the majority of the planning strategies and policies for our very sensitive area.
We are very fortunate to be able to manage a park on the Jurassic Coastline and therefore we wished to respect this designation and at the same time allow the business to evolve to be successful and satisfy customer expectations today and in the future.
In addition, as the third generation of a local business family, I also value the importance of employment and that some people wish to work and live in the area; not just retire here.
As expected with applications involving holiday parks, there was some criticism particularly from the three Parish Councillors and some people living in the village which, in my view, were influenced by the emotive interpretations and misrepresentations of the impact on the area many of which were unsigned and circulated around the village. Many people were also in favour of the proposals and could see the many benefits and I thank them for their messages of support.
The majority of the environmental organisations recognised the effort that we placed in the preparation of the plans including one of the most comprehensive landscaping schemes every proposed on an exisitng caravan holiday park and the leisure builidng was described as a ‘high quality architectural solution’ by the Council’s Design and Conservation Officer
The success of our application will be an excellent example of how innovative design can ensure that tourism business can evolve alongside and within areas with environmental designations and being near an heritage site does not mean that time stands still ………..
For 2013 there will be no changes to the manaagement of the park with the exception of improvements to to the toilets and showers for our touring visitors and several other landscaping and maintenance enhancements.