All-year round occupation of caravans at Skegness holiday park opposed
AN application seeking to allow all year round occupation of caravans at a Skegness holiday park has been opposed by local councillors.
Park Resorts Ltd, who own Southview Leisure Park on Burgh Road, have applied to East Lindsey District Council for removal of a condition which prevents caravans being lived in between January 6 and the last day of February in any one year.
But the attempts to increase caravan use at the site from 10 to 12 months was not supported by members of Skegness Town Council's planning committee.
Although no objection to the application has yet been received from the Environment Agency, councillors felt this was sure to come on the grounds of flood risk and they were also concerned about the impact on local amenities that all year round occupation could have.
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Planning committee chairman, Councillor Carl Macey, said Park Resorts Ltd had stated the change would be to allow all year round holiday use only but some members felt this would be difficult to control.
Councillor Jim Carpenter said: "How would they police that? There are people who live there 10 months already who move to holiday lets for the two months the site is closed so obviously they would become 12 monthly residents so it wouldn't be a holiday park.
"If they are in for 12 months, do they pay council tax?"
Other councillors raised concerns about the strain it would put on local services.
Moving for rejection, Councillor Robin Hunter-Clarke, said: "How are hospitals, doctors and schools expected to cope? I just can't see how it's a sensible thing for us to support."
Councillor Dick Edginton, added: "The visitor population increase has never been reflected in funding that's come to support services and this would only exacerbate further a situation going back many years."
Members voted not to support the plans, although a final decision will be made by ELDC.
Councillors did however wholeheartedly support a second application by Park Resorts Ltd, to improve facilities at the existing leisure complex on the site, by extending the indoor pool, providing a flume, terrace and an orangery area.
Councillor Edginton said: "I am delighted that not withstanding the current economic climate, people are prepared to invest.
"They have shown they've confidence in the area and I don't see any reason why we shouldn't support that."
Councillor Mark Smith added: "This is going to create jobs and the plans do look fantastic."