Posted: Mon 11 Oct 2021
Around 50 new caravans could be built next to a golf club in Flintshire as part of major expansion plans.
The Pennant Park Golf Club in Whitford, near Holywell, is already licensed to accommodate 73 caravans for holidaymakers.
Owners Ian and Robin Jones now want to add 49 more trailers to land once used as a training ground for golfers.
If approved, the units would be located near the clubhouse of the 18-hole golf course, located on 110 acres of countryside.
In a planning statement, agents acting on behalf of the owners said this could generate an economic boost of more than Â£ 500,000 per year for the region.
They said, âThe Pennant Park Golf Club was considered a suitable location for vacation development with the approval of previous planning requests.
âThe planning application site is at a lower terrain slope compared to other areas of the course that have been found to be acceptable.
âTherefore, the proposed development will not create a greater visual impact.
âThe economic expenditure resulting from the proposed development is considered to be in the order of Â£ 550,000 per year, which assumes an occupancy rate of 35%.
âHowever, given the popularity of domestic tourism in the UK, particularly in North Wales and the expected ‘rebound’ from the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect the economic spending generated by the lodges to be well over Â£ 550,000.
âTherefore, the proposed development has positive sustainability benchmarks in terms of economic spending and is therefore in line with national and local planning policy. “
A request to create 26 new caravans on the site was approved by the advisers in November 2018.
This decision came despite fears that it represents overdevelopment of land.
The planning statement emphasizes that tourism development proposals are allowed in the countryside as long as there is no âunacceptable impactâ.
A decision will be made on the program by Flintshire Council at a later date.
Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).