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All Saints Hotel and Golf Course plans for 35 caravan lodge holiday homes resubmitted

Concerns have been raised after plans for 35 caravan lodge holiday homes on part of a Fornham All Saints golf course were resubmitted to West Suffolk Council.

The original proposal at All Saints Hotel and Golf Course was refused permission by the development control committee in February on the grounds of the impact on views, however planning officers had recommended the plans for approval.

The refused application is subject of an appeal, but the resubmitted plan includes enhanced landscaping and views visualisations.

All Saints Hotel
All Saints Hotel

Christine Jones, who lives near the proposed development, said she was concerned lockdown might impact villagers’ ability to respond.

“I am worried about the effect of this proposal on the village,” she said. “As we are on lockdown it is harder for us to do anything about it.

“I think it’s wrong – if I was a planner I would have said nothing was being considered until the council is operating at full force.

All Saints Hotel. Picture by Mark Westley
All Saints Hotel. Picture by Mark Westley

“We can’t even hold a public meeting to see what the people in the village feel about it.”

A design and access statement submitted to the council describes the holiday lodges as of ‘generic form and style’, with the development planned for the south-west corner of the 125-acre 18-hole golf course.

It said: “The proposals do not replace an existing use but supplement a current use which is in danger of becoming financially unviable.

“Rationalisation of the golf course will enable the retention of this leisure facility and attract more visitors on site.”

The statement adds that applicant M&D Developments acquired the complex in 2015 and despite major investment in the hotel and its facilities it had not been possible to make the golf course itself financially viable.

The resubmitted plans include landscaping, an access on to the A1101, access roads, parking and infrastructure.

A West Suffolk Council spokesman said the Government had told local planning authorities (LPA) to continue dealing with planning applications at this time.

“As with any planning proposals, it is for the applicant to decide when to submit an application and the LPA is required to consider it within a reasonable time frame.

“Any representations on the application can be made using our website as normal and will be considered when determining the application,” he added.

M&D Developments was approached for comment.

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