Major changes at Hambrook mobile home park proposed

Major changes to a Hambrook mobile home park are set to be discussed next week.

Tuesday, 10th November 2020, 4:38 pm

Hambrook Holiday Park, on the eastern side of Broad Road, is described as ‘tired and dilapidated and in urgent need of refurbishment’.

The owner is seeking planning permission from Chichester District Council to extend, refurbish and rationalise the existing site.

An application for the changes is due to be discussed by the council’s planning committee next Wednesday (November 18).

Aerial view of existing holiday park

The plans would see the caravan park reconfigured to include a landscaped recreational open space at the front of the site following the removal of the existing car park and former clubhouse building.

A change of use is also proposed for land to the east, from touring to static caravans as well as a change of use of land to the north from plant nursery to static caravans.

According to a council officers’ report there would be no increase in pitch numbers across the holiday park above what can already be lawfully accommodated.

There would also be three further smaller areas of recreational space scattered across the site, realignment of the internal site access roads, with 15 visitor parking spaces scattered across the site and 12 spaces to the front of the site for existing freeholders.

Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council has objected and 15 letters of objection have also been received to the plans.

The letters raise concerns about increased traffic, the access roads, a range of issues with the existing site, no consultation with residents in the park, a lack of facilities, flooding, noise and disturbance to neighbours and evidence of need.

Officers concluded: “The proposal seeks the modernisation and expansion of the existing holiday park. Whilst the proposal would result in the encroachment of the site further into the countryside, there would be no increase in pitches above that currently lawfully permitted on the site.

“There would be no material harm to local amenity or the tranquillity and character of the area. Subject to recommended conditions, the proposal would conserve the surrounding landscape. Officers are satisfied that there would be no material harm to the local highway network.

“Overall, the proposed development would provide economic and social benefits to the area as well as enhancing the existing facilities to the benefit of the character of the area.”