Holiday park plans to boost rural tourism

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A new holiday park could be built in rural Preston, if plans are given the go-ahead.

An application has been lodged to build 14 chalets on land to the rear of the Iron Works, off Bleasedale Road in Whitechapel.

There is currently one chalet on the site, but plans have been submitted to expand to create a holiday complex, because of high demand.

Coun Lona Smith, who represents Preston Rural North, said: “The plans clearly show that they aren’t going to obstruct anybody’s view – they aren’t going to be visible from the road and they are going to be sympathetic with the environment in their design.

“As a city council we are trying to generate tourism and the applicant is already inundated with inquiries for renting the accommodation he has already got.

“So there is certainly a gap in the market for this kind of thing because the area he’s wanting to develop is in a beautiful part of the countryside.

“Unlike in Preston Rural North where we have had numerous applications for housing developments that are going to swallow up green fields, this one isn’t going to be a blot on the landscape in that way and it’s going to generate employment.

“However, I am mindful that there have been a number of objections from residents who will be affected by it, because it will generate extra traffic.”

Coun Smith said the site was in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and said: “Although we are trying to encourage development, we do have to be mindful there could be an overload.”

Plans have been lodged to build the chalets as well as a facilities building, following the demolition of some existing agricultural buildings.

A statement, submitted by agents Graham Anthony Associates, said: “The site currently consists of a single holiday chalet however due to demand the applicants are looking to expand creating 
a small holiday complex with an additional 14 units and 
an associated facilities building.”

The statement said: “The popularity of this site as a holiday destination is understandable considering the locality, offering the desirable level of seclusion however still remaining in touch with services provided within surrounding settlements.”