Plans to double size of Northumberland holiday park

Plans to double the size of a Northumberland holiday park have been lodged with the county council.

By Ben O'Connell
Monday, 8th February 2021, 2:42 pm

The application is seeking permission for an extension of Felmoor Caravan Park to house 139 pitches for holiday lodges.

The bid for the site just to the east of the A1 south of Felton also includes proposed new facilities including a water feature, communal seating area, play area and vintage vehicle museum.

The expansion would be into a neighbouring agricultural field to the north-east of the current park, which has 130 pitches for static caravans and lodges. There is also currently a bar/restaurant on site.

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The entrance to Felmoor Park, just off the A1.

A planning statement submitted on behalf of the applicant Rob Thornton suggests that the scheme would meet the three strands of sustainable development – the key test in planning law.

On an economic level, it is expected that approximately 25 full-time and 20 part-time jobs would be created by the development, which would also bring about significant private investment, construction jobs and spin-off jobs in the wider supply chain.

‘The proposals would also result in significant visitor spending in the local economy,’ it adds.

The document says that the ‘additional, enhanced service for visitors along with additional tourist accommodation that is needed within the area’ covers the social strand.

On the environmental front, it states: ‘The site includes existing tree cover that would be retained. The development will include additional landscaping and tree planting. This will provide a diverse range of habitats for local wildlife.

‘The site is also positioned in a discrete position adjacent to two existing holiday parks. The visual impact would be localised.’

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