DC Casebook: Leisure and Tourism - Holiday park link to farm viability queried

An Ayrshire farmer's claim that a holiday park would support the viability of his farmstead has been rejected by a reporter who found minimal evidence to support this assertion.

The 15ha holiday park would contain 93 permanent holiday lodges and space for up to 42 touring caravans. The appellant submitted a business assessment showing income and expenditure flows for the first five years. He claimed that the scheme would generate up to £2.3 million of income for the local economy and would support his farming operations.

The reporter agreed that it would generate some expenditure. However, he placed little weight on the benefits to the farm. He noted that the majority of buildings were empty and becoming dilapidated and there was little sign of new silage on the holding. In his view, there was no evidence of any farming activity, so the scheme would not comprise a genuine diversification project.

A landscape character and visual assessment indicating that the impact on the area would be moderate required careful interpretation, he opined. In his view, the impact of the development would be very substantial in the vicinity of the appeal site and landscaping would take many years to become effective. The assessment underestimated the impact and the area's rural character would not be maintained, he held.

DCS Number 100-069-114

Reporter Trevor Croft; Written representations

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