Flamborough’s “caravan city” set for expansion

Thornwick Bay Holiday Park
Thornwick Bay Holiday Park

A holiday park nicknamed “caravan city” looks set to get even bigger despite concerns it will lead to more powercuts for residents.

Two separate planning applications to add 36 caravans to Thornwick Bay Holiday Village have been submitted to East Riding Council by Flamborough Holidays Limited.

Thornwick Bay

Thornwick Bay

The proposals, which are set to go before the council’s eastern area planning committee next week, look likely to win approval, subject to conditions.

If the plans are given the go-ahead, 26 static caravans will be situated on land at the southern end of the site, while a further ten caravans will be stationed in a central area of the park.

There are a total of 114 objections to the 26-caravan proposal, while 98 people are against the second 10-caravan proposal.

Flamborough Residents Association are among those who have objected to the plans, stating that it depletes the landscape character, reduces the open space on the caravan site and that the cumulative impact of the plans should be considered in relation to the existing permission.

One letter of objection said the site “is becoming a caravan city with very little benefit for Flamborough residents.”

Other concerns included the potential light and noise pollution, while it also was noted that a large demand for electricity is leading to power cuts in the area.

National seaside resort provider Haven Holidays invested £10m into the Thornwick Bay site in Flamborough, which features three indoor swimming pools, two entertainment venues and several outdoor activity trails,  two years ago.

The holiday park consists of 1,150 static caravans and 250 touring pitches, and in peak season employs up to 250 staff – making it one of the largest private employers in the area.

Despite the objections received, both of the expansion proposals have been recommended for approval in a council planning officer’s report.

The council’s director of planning and economic regeneration, Alan Menzies, said the two sites occupy a relatively small area of grass land, despite being situated outside of defined development limits in the countryside.

He said: “The site lies within the Heritage Coast and therefore consideration has been given to protecting and enhancing its distinctive landscape and conservation interests along with the quality of the natural environment.

“Given the nature and scale and siting of the caravan bases situated centrally within the caravan park, there would be a limited impact on the character of the Flamborough Heritage Coast.

“The development is acceptable with regards to matters of impact on highways, ecology, flood risk and drainage. The development thereby accords with local and national planning policy.”

The planning officer’s report will go before councillors at a planning meeting on Monday December 17, where a decision will be made.

Jack Muscutt , Local Democracy Reporting Service