Caistor holiday park must remain for holidays says planning inspector

Wolds Retreat in Caistor EMN-150623-084244001
Wolds Retreat in Caistor EMN-150623-084244001

The Wolds Retreat Holiday Park at Fonaby, near Caistor, has lost an appeal seeking residential use for cabins on its site for over 50s.

The park on Brigg Road wanted to vary a condition of a previous planning approval to allow this but West Lindsey District Council refused this change in planning conditions, leading to the appeal.

The appeal decision says “the main issue is whether the conditions with regards to the previous planning decisions are reasonable and necessary having regard to local and national policies for sustainable development.”

Dismissing the appeal, planning inspector Sarah Colebourne notes that empty cabins on the site are proving unsaleable and the appellant says the “business has severe financial difficulties.”

But despite promises to build a new footway to connect with another planned footway, she is “not persuaded that there is, or likely to be a safe walking route between the site and Caistor.”

Bus services from the site are also limited and the “scale of development would create an unacceptable number of car-based trips.”

Permanent use would provide some benefit to the local economy, she said, but this would be offset by less need for cleaning services.

The decision also noted providing 60 homes on the brownfield site would help WLDC meet its housing supply targets “but this benefit is significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the harm that would be caused by its unsustainable location and by the conflict with (planning policies).”

Bill Green of park owners Greens Park and Leisure told the Rasen Mail he was ‘disappointed’ by the decision and he was “still considering what to do” with the park.