Holiday lodges rejected in AONB

A proposal to create 58 earth sheltered holiday lodges on a former boat storage yard next to a recreational reservoir in Sussex failed to meet local policy criteria for new holiday villages or to preserve the character and appearance of an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Whilst the council generally supported the development of tourism facilities, it strongly resisted holiday villages in the AONB. Although the appellant argued that the proposal was not a traditional holiday village, the inspector held that it fell to be assessed as such on the basis that it would provide overnight visitor accommodation. Under the terms of the policy, the inspector found lacking any evidence of need for this specific type of tourist accommodation and insufficient justification to support the scale and number of earth lodges proposed, which would appear as an intensive overdevelopment of the site and out of keeping with surroundings. It would not protect or conserve the landscape and would be to the detriment of the AONB, a harm to which the inspector attached the greatest weight in his decision to dismiss the appeal.

Inspector: Paul Wookey; Written representations

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