A scheme for retirement apartments and a holiday park in Brightlingsea has been given the green light by the Planning Committee at Tendring District Council (TDC).
The proposal, for 36 retirement living apartments, five private homes, and a holiday complex of 104 lodges, glamping area, club house, boating jetties and children’s play area, was approved by the committee at a meeting this week (Tuesday, 2 September).
Members of the committee heard that the scheme, planned for former gravel works land north-east of Robinson Road, would offer employment opportunities and attract national and international tourism.
The application included an undertaking that the holiday lodges would not be available for long-term let or residential sale.
Planning officers at TDC had recommended the proposals were approved, stating that although the scheme was outside of the development area in both the council’s current and emerging Local Plan, it did meet policies around land usage, tourism, and contribute towards housing need in the district.
Brightlingsea Town Council was neutral on the outline plans and said it wanted to work with the developer, and the application received 89 objections and 13 supporting comments from the public.
The committee approved the plans, subject to a legal agreement being signed by the developer committing to financial contributions to support affordable housing and open spaces.
Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, welcomed the Planning Committee’s decision as paving the way for economic growth in Tendring.
“These sorts of developments, which will enhance our tourism offer and as a result help our district economy to grow, are exactly the sort of thing we need to help re-build after the impact of Coronavirus,” Councillor Stock said.
“Of course they must meet our planning policies and demonstrate good design, but this scheme will help to attract visitors to Tendring and provide steady employment as well as short-term construction jobs too.”