Parish Council wants more information on holiday homes plan

Thorney Lakes Lodges

Thorney Parish Council says it has not been given enough information to make a recommendation with regards to planning permission for 17 holiday lodges/caravans at the golf club on English Drove.

This is its response to the city council:

There is no Consultee Representation in respect of Archaeology. This seems to be an important omission as a previous planning application on this site for the installation of ground mounted solar PV panels was refused on the grounds of the impact the installation may have on undiscovered buried heritage assets.

We recognise that this application differs from the solar panel application but would anticipate, nevertheless, that an archaeological report would be a requirement. This would permit us to take a view on the impact, if any, on this application. Can we please be provided with such a report?

We note that other Consultee representations raise queries and suggest conditions, for example, the Tree Officer’s Representation. Can we please be provided with a copy of the responses you receive to these queries?

As these are holiday homes we would be grateful if we can be informed of what holiday related activities may take place, together with an assessment of the possible noise levels that could be generated by these activities. This information is requested in order that an assessment can be made on the possible disturbance/invasion of privacy these activities may have on local residents.

We are aware that the site is to be well screened by vegetation and fencing which may (or may not) fully screen the lodges from view as claimed by the applicant. Although lack of screening may not be a valid objection on planning grounds we query the suggestion that a holiday lodge may have a roof terrace/balcony.  Overlooking from such a terrace may constitute an invasion of the privacy of the residents of a  neighbouring property.

Can we also be informed as to how the site and its entrance will be illuminated. The Landscape Representation makes a comment about lighting that would not be considered suitable. We would be pleased to see a lighting scheme that meets with the approval of the planning department. Again, this is requested in order that we can be satisfied that any lighting will not have a detrimental or disturbing impact on local residents.

In the documents there is a certain amount of content which we assume represents a Business Plan. We are not in anyway experts on this form of plan but would be grateful for the City Council’s advice as to whether or not the information submitted constitutes a robust and viable plan on a long-term basis.

Is the City Council satisfied that the Holiday Lodges/Caravans will not be sold as full-time residential accommodation? What would be the procedure taken by the City Council should it become apparent that any of the Holiday Lodges are being used as permanent residences.

Several local residents were present at the 13th November meeting of the Parish Council. They appraised the Council of their views on the additional information which are contained in a document prepared by Ian Glading. We confirm that we fully endorse the contents of this document which will be submitted by Mr Glading

Until the above items are responded to we still do not feel we are able to make an overall and thorough assessment of this application. We have not, therefore, been able to determine whether or not we are in favour of or against the application. In the meantime, Thorney Parish Council confirms that it objects to any approvals being granted to this application.

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