Plans to expand five-star resort have been approved

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 May 2017

Lodges at Cheddar Woods.

Lodges at Cheddar Woods.

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Planning permission to build 24 lodges at a popular Somerset resort has been granted by a council committee, despite a number of objections from the public.

Cheddar Woods Resort And Spa was granted planning permission to expand its holiday park by Sedgemoor District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

The resort, in Axbridge Road, is a five-star rated holiday destination made up of approximately 170 lodges. The extension would also include a new entrance from the main road, a car park and changes to the landscape.

A Cheddar Woods spokesman told the Mercury they were ‘delighted’ by the news.

They added: “We have worked very closely with Sedgemoor throughout the planning process, during which a number of revisions were made to address environmental concerns and to ensure these new lodges would bring something new to Cheddar Woods.

“We believe the resort is a great asset for the community, attracting visitors to Cheddar throughout the year, and employing nearly 50 people on a full-time basis, as well as a number of part-time staff and a core team of around 50 cleaners.”

Cheddar Parish Council’s planning committee vice chairman Clive Panchaud said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the decision made at the meeting.

He added: “The ‘minor extension’ certainly is not minor for the extra number applied for, and as this land is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, such sites are given the highest protection against development by the National Planning Policy Framework and this appears to have been totally ignored.”

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