Plans for 169 holiday caravans at controversial Lakeminster Park
Lakeminster Park at Woodmansey
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Oct 2017
Permission is being sought to site holiday caravans at a controversial park near Beverley, where residents occupied park homes for years without planning approval.
Now, planning applications have been submitted for permission to site up to 169 caravans for holiday use at Lakeminster Park, where most of the park home residents have moved out after a long-running legal wrangle.
The holiday caravan plans have been submitted by the park developer, after a legal battle for the park homes to be granted retrospective permission for residential use failed.
A number of the residents had pursued legal action, despite a planning inspector ruling three years ago that East Riding Council was right to refuse permission for the homes to remain.
The council threatened to evict residents last year but the move was put on hold pending the outcome of legal challenges.
Fifteen park homes are still occupied but the majority of residents have now left the Woodmansey site.
Lakeminster Park Ltd (LPL) has submitted two planning applications for tourism use at the 14-acre countryside site.
A spokesman for LPL said: “Following the unsuccessful appeal against refusal of retrospective permission for residential use which concluded at the Court of Appeal on July 6, 2017, LPL acted swiftly to submit new planning applications which were received by the council on August 1, 2017, but only validated last Friday, October 6, 2017.
“The applications reflect our understanding of the council’s position which is that Lakeminster Park would be deemed acceptable for tourism use.
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“There are still people resident on the site who will need to move in order to comply with the enforcement notices which remain in force as residential use is not permitted.
“We understand those residents have written to the council regarding their situation and are awaiting a response this week.”
LPL has lodged two applications – one for 169 caravans for holiday use and an alternative for 137 caravans, also for holiday use.
The council has been told the application for 169 caravans is intended to establish a park home use for the site and “turn back the clock” to a situation which existed in 2006.
Cllr David Elvidge wants people to have their say about the plans for Lakeminster Park (Image: Jerome Ellerby)
LPL says permission was granted in 2006 for a change of use of the land, from the siting of touring and static caravans and caravan storage, to the siting of 169 park homes for holiday use.
The council has been told the application for 137 holiday caravans is the preferred option.
Meanwhile, some 44 park homes are still standing at the park, where 103 concrete bases remain.
East Riding ward Councillor David Elvidge is urging people to have their say on the proposals.
He says: “This is going to impact on Woodmansey and Beverley so it is important residents in the area put their views forward.
“That land will be used for something, whether this is an appropriate use I am not sure.
“I would be interested to know what people think.”
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