Cornwall holiday park approved despite loss of 'best and most versatile' farmland

Plans have been approved for a holiday and leisure park on a 38-hectare site in Cornwall, despite the loss of 21.5 hectares of 'best and most versatile' farmland.

Camel Creek Resort: 236 holiday accomodation units are included in the plan
Camel Creek Resort: 236 holiday accomodation units are included in the plan

Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee approved the detailed application last week.

The proposed Camel Creek Resort would be located in a valley south of Padstow. It would include 236 units of holiday accommodation together with associated leisure facilities including a tropical pool, spa, activities centre, restaurants, retail units and a conference facility.

A planning report recognised that the "loss of farmland (21.5 hectares of 'best and most versatile') is a significant factor weighing against the proposal and would need to be balanced against the benefits of the scheme due to the amount of land involved."

But the report said that the scheme would be in "an appropriate location" and would "support economic growth and create jobs in this rural area".

Planners concluded that "where residual impacts from the development identified in this report have not been fully mitigated (such as the landscape, loss of BMVL and heritage impacts) they are outweighed by the significant benefits the proposal would bring in terms of its inward investment and contribution towards the local economy".

The report said that negative impacts could be controlled "through the imposition of conditions and planning obligations".

The vote by the planning committee was 17:1.

Design consultancy PRP provided landscape and architectural proposals for the scheme. 

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