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£1 million holiday park given go ahead
6:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
IT has taken two years, but a planning inspector has given the go-ahead for a £1m caravan holiday park.
Tim Hiscock has won his appeal after planners refused his scheme at the Eastlands Boatyard in Swanwick.
Now he hopes to start work on the scheme early next year.
Mr Hiscock, who has owned the boatyard for 11 years, proposed to put in eight static timber-clad luxury caravans and a service building for selfcatered holiday lets.
The idea would be for people to arrive in their boats for marine-related holidays.
The caravans would sit behind an industrial park with no change to the boatyard. The estimated cost of each cabin is between £70,000 and £80,000 and Mr Hiscock plans to lease them out through a holiday firm.
Having invested thousands of pounds in the project, which he hopes will supplement his income from the boating industry, Mr Hiscock challenged Fareham Borough councillors’ decision.
They said in February that there was no need shown for the facility, it was contrary to council policy to prevent countryside development and that its size, scale and activity would harm the character and appearance of the area.
However, Mr Hiscock claimed the caravan holiday park would benefit the area by bringing people and tourism to the river and to other Hampshire attractions, boosting local businesses.
The appeal was upheld by a Government-appointed planning inspector.
The inspector found that the proposal at the boatyard, in Coal Park Lane, would not have an “unacceptably adverse effect” on the character and appearance of the countryside.
Mr Hiscock hopes to start putting in the foundations and roads at about Easter next year.
Beyond that, he said he is dependent on funding from the bank and until that is in place there is not a definite timeframe.
He said in all the planning process had taken two years.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” he said.
“There is frustration because it’s taken so long. There was no reason for Fareham to throw it out. I’m just pleased it’s actually come through.”
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