Planning decision for holiday lodges deferred by councillors
PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 April 2015
A DECISION over whether to approve an application to build more than 100 holiday lodges at Puxton Park has been deferred by North Somerset Council.
The council’s planning and regulatory committee, which decides whether to approve or refuse planning applications, voted to postpone their ruling after councillors highlighted concerns over the appearance of the lodges.
Speaking at the meeting at the Town Hall, in Walliscote Road, on April 8, Councillor Tom Leimdorfer proposed deferring the application. He said: “In principle, I favour this application, as I think it promotes sustainable tourism.
“But the concerns of people locally related to not being shown what the appearance of these lodges would be – what they would look like, or what they would feel like. I was expecting something in the application to include this sort of explanation.
“Although it is the kind of thing we want to see, I would imagine there are some feelings of reservation.”
Puxton Park, located just outside Weston on the A370 in Hewish, originally submitted the application in October last year. It said at the time the lodges would create up to 20 new jobs.
Managing director Alistair Mead said: “It just seems quite strange. I feel for the officers and our consultants who have worked hard over the last year and a half to promote the site. It’s just a shame for them that the councillors did not want to follow the planning officer’s recommendation of approval.”