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Hopes to build lodges look to be dashed

PUBLISHED: 12:51 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:39 05 July 2010

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build holiday chalets in Oulton Broad look set to be turned down.

Planners at the Broads Authority have recommended that the proposal to build 53 timber lodges in the meadowland between the railway line at Oulton Broad South and the water is refused.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build holiday chalets in Oulton Broad look set to be turned down.

Planners at the Broads Authority have recommended that the proposal to build 53 timber lodges in the meadowland between the railway line at Oulton Broad South and the water is refused. But those behind the application have said the lodges would bring vital tourism to the area.

There has been local objection to the project from residents who are concerned about traffic issues, noise pollution, loss of wildlife and the visual impact. Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Broads Society and Carlton Colville Parish Council are among other objectors.

The plans have been submitted by local hotelier Caroline Coe, who runs the Ivy House Country Hotel, on Ivy Lane. The land has been owned by her family for a number of years and already has planning permission for 55 static caravans, 10 touring caravans and four tent pitches between April and October, on a smaller section of the meadow near the water.

The only access for cars would be via Marsh Road, which is already used to reach a hairdresser and Broadland Holiday Village. The outline planning application needs to resolve the access issues, but all other details would be settled with a later planning application.

Mrs Coe's agent, Simon Wheatman, said: “There have been caravans on the site in the past, it dates back to the post war period and was one of the first of its kind in Lowestoft. Planning consent for the static caravans is still valid.

“But rather than do that we would like to push it back out of the flood risk area and the proposal for lodges will actually lead to a reduction in traffic. We are not at the designing stage yet but they will be quality lodges in a landscaped environment.

“A lot of this fits in with proposals to promote tourism at the broads and we are working with those aims. If the application is turned down we will look into an appeal.”

The Broads Society, which has objected to the plans, says that although there is permission for caravans, they would not be visible from the broad, while the lodges would be further back and more visible on a larger piece of land.

A decision will be made at a Broads Authority planning meeting next Friday, June 20, at 10am at County Hall in Norwich.

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