Plans to turn an 81-acre site in Robinson Road into a Center Parcs-style holiday park – which were withdrawn in June – have been recommended for approval and will be discussed by Tendring Council's planning committee on Wednesday, September 2.
If approved, the application by James Blyth of Colchester-based Honace Developments would see up to 104 holiday lodges with up to four bedrooms, 36 retirement apartments, glamping areas, a club house, play areas and five detached houses built on the former quarry site at Lower Farm. Five lakes would be used for sailing, canoeing and fishing.
In a report to councillors, the council's head of planning, Catherine Bicknell, says that the development will offer "both direct and indirect employment opportunities within the local area; attract both national and international tourism; and, promote economic growth of the immediate and local areas".
Bicknell states that because the Robinson Road border of the development has mature vegetation, "there would be minimal landscape impact whilst sufficient spacing to existing residential properties is retained to safeguard amenity". She adds: "Subject to the applicant entering into a Section 106 agreement to cover the provision of an affordable housing contribution and public open space/RAMS* contributions, the proposal is considered to be acceptable with no material harm to visual or residential amenity, heritage assets, ecology interests or highway safety, and the application is therefore recommended for approval."
Having supported the original application, Brightlingsea Town Council subsequently changed its stance to neutral, saying that it would like to liaise with the site owners to improve parking, sustainability of energy supplies and see the development of cycle paths linking it to the town. 89 objections and 13 supporting comments have been received.
The planning meeting is scheduled for 6pm and the Brightlingsea development is the first item on the agenda. Tendring Council is currently holding meetings remotely - the details and link to watch should appear here nearer the meeting time.
*Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy