A 5* sustainable holiday park development that would be a ‘Destination Venue’ is on the cards for East Devon.
Willow View Park Ltd hope to build an exclusive holiday park, complete with fishing lakes, woodland walks and nature trails, as well as a farm shop and a store as part of their ‘Destination Venue’ Holiday Park for land at Straightway Head in Whimple.
The development would be located near to the A30, is set against a woodland backdrop, and would ‘create an exclusive 5* holiday accommodation facility that is totally unlike any other holiday product being offered in the area’, and the applicants say £1.3m a year would be generated by the scheme.
The application says: “This scheme if for a ‘Destination Venue’ Holiday Park which provides not only Holiday Lodge Accommodation, but also an independent tourism attraction in its own right with on site facilities comprising of fishing lakes, woodland walks, nature trails, a reception area, a farm shop and manager’s accommodation.
“The proposals would create employment of 10 full time jobs and contribute a significant amount to the local rural economy which is heavily dependent on the tourist trade and would help to support the local economy, other local attractions, pubs, restaurants and convenience stores.
In red, where the application site is
“The site is appropriate for an exclusive 5* Holiday Park and this high quality facility that is proposed would significantly help to raise the standards of holiday accommodation offered in the region.
“There is a very strong local and national trend towards more upmarket holiday, especially for more spacious and better equipped holiday accommodation, and the applicant wishes to attract these holiday markers with higher disposable incomes who appreciate the qualities of the area.”
The main elements of the scheme would be 52 timber holiday lodges, a farm shop, the creation of two fishing lakes, woodland walks and nature trails, and there would also be landscaping and planting of trees.
Aerial view of where it would be
The proposal would be built in a phased way over two or three years and the holiday park scheme would from both owner occupied holiday lodges and a conventional hire fleet for weekly holiday lets.
It continues: “The proposal would develop a suitable, year-round, way-marked footpath and trail through the woodland, construct and locate information boards and suitable locations, and where appropriate, provisions would be made for wooden benches and picnic tables.”
Proposed layout plan for the scheme
In conclusion, the application says: “Given this uniquely sustainable proposal, and given the strong economic arguments in favour of the application, the scheme should be considered for approval.
“Unique 5* schemes of this quality are sustainable in this location and should be encouraged in the East Devon Area and would be of significant economic benefit to the area and would create 10 full time jobs.
“Other tourist attractions in the area would benefit from the proposals and there is a significant demand for a quality, modern, holiday facilities of this nature and the proposal will be a major boost to tourism regeneration in the area.”
Example photograph of the typical design of the lodges
The application is for a change of use of the land to the west of Moor View Industrial Estate and East Devon District Council will decide on the fate of the application.
Source: Devon live