Residents and councillors have made a ‘surprising’ u-turn over a plan to make a holiday park into a site for permanent homes.
Caistor’s Wolds Retreat Holiday Park has previously been denied permission to make its cabins suitable for permanent residential use for the over 50s.
Concerns had been raised about increased traffic and a lack of public transport to the holiday park, in Brigg Road.
But now Caistor town councillors, and about 30 residents, have backed the Wolds Retreat’s latest planning application after an extraordinary council meeting, in the town hall on September 24.
Caistor mayor Carol Mackenzie said: “It was quite surprising that people’s views have changed.
“For us it would be beneficial if they (Wolds Retreat residents) supported the town.
“It was proposed that it is a site for people aged over 50 so wouldn’t cause any more pressure on local schools.
“And they’re hoping for some contribution to local medical services.
“People worry about what the alternative is (i.e leaving the site as a holiday park).”
There are currently only 15 cabins on the site - even though it has permission for 60.
The latest planning application says a minibus will be provided to take residents to and from Caistor and that there would be a small shop on site for everyday convenience goods.
A statement in Wolds Retreat’s planning application said: “ The applicant is confident, that with consent for the site to be occupied for residential purposes by persons over 50, there would be significantly increased interest and all of the remaining plots would be taken up relatively quickly.”
It went on to say: “Natwest Bank in Caistor has closed due to lack of customers.
“This, together with the presence of other vacant commercial premises and a visit to the town centre, confirms that Caistor is unfortunately far from being a bustling market town.
“It is clear that the town would benefit significantly from a boost in population, particularly one of people who are less likely to be travelling out of town everyday to work in larger centres rather than supporting their own local centre.”
Wolds Retreat’s previous planning application was dismissed on appeal by a planning inspector in May.
The inspector said insufficient evidence had been submitted to demonstrate how pedestrian safety and public transport could be improved between the site and Caistor.
This application will be determined by West Lindsey council’s planning committee in the coming months.