Holiday lodge scheme at Winthorpe rejected by Newark and Sherwood District Council
Plans for five two-bedroom holiday lodges were refused, against district council officer recommendations.
Newark and Sherwood District Council officers said the development on land opposite 2 Gainsborough Road, Winthorpe, by Bentley Homes met an identified need for tourist accommodation — being in the open countryside and near Newark town.
However, planning committee members and Winthorpe Parish Council found issues with the application, including a recently unauthorised creation of an access and field gate to the site.
Representing the Winthorpe parish, councillor Paul Smith said the development was in no way suitable for the area and that in addition to the unauthorised access, there had been further removal of hedgerow without permission.
He said: “Speed measurements were taken last year because we have concerns around speeding, particularly in that area near the primary school. This data showed high speeds both in and out and out of the village.
“There’s also a bus stop fairly close to the access, which at times would block the access and views on exiting the village. Parents picking up their children park on Gainsborough Road directly opposite this site, narrowing the road even further.
“These lodges, if they are going to be used by people who access the showground — quite often this will be people at the antiques fair, who have large vehicles. To offset that, they have suggested a wider site entrance.
“To do this, it would also see removal of 2.5metres of hedgerow, with the access widened to five metres, which is significant.
“Hopefully I’ve shown the access is unsafe.”
Ward member for the area Linda Dales said: “It’s a very busy spot.
“The parish council have long been concerned over the speed on Gainsborough Road and have asked for speed control. The highways impact worries me greatly.”
Maureen Dobson, fellow ward member, said: “It doesn’t meet an identified need. If there’s a need for Newark Showground, then it should be at Newark Showground.
“I didn’t like the fact they cut out a hedgerow without permission.”
Due to highways saying it had no issues with safety, district council planning members refused the application based on accumulative impact on local character — including the built and natural environment.