Holiday park will get new lease of life in £1m revamp

Economy boost: The Taylors run Sunset Park in Hambleton (above) and will now run a development in Out Rawcliffe
Economy boost: The Taylors run Sunset Park in Hambleton (above) and will now run a development in Out Rawcliffe
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A redundant holiday park is set for a new lease of life after ambitious plans for a £1m re-development were given the green light.

But furious homeowners close to the Wilson House Farm off Lancaster Road, Out Rawcliffe, say an influx of touring caravans would blight the lives of villagers and disturb the natural character of the area.

Owner Michael Taylor and his family, who have run Sunset Park holiday park in Hambleton for the past 40 years, said they hope the proposals for 40 touring pitches, six static caravans and seven camping pods would provide a boost to leisure and tourism and wider opportunities for the local economy through new jobs and investment.

However, Wyre councillor for Great Eccleston ward Sue Pimbley urged Wyre Council’s planning committee to re-consider recommendations to give the site the go-ahead.

She said: “The traffic movements are a real issue to residents of Out Rawcliffe. Whichever route you choose, access roads are narrow and congested, to add caravans will make life unbearable.”

As part of the transformation, the former petting farm would boast a refurbished swimming pool, bar and restaurant facilities, as well as luxury lodges with spas for rent.

Agent Rachel Whaley, from GVA Hotels and Leisure, said Mr Taylor had enjoyed success at his award-winning Sunset Park and the management was ‘second to none.’

She added: “There are clear economic benefits with five jobs created, local contractors employed and significant visitor spending generated within the local economy.”

Neighbours in support at the planning meeting said the investment was crucial to the village.