Green light for 129 holiday lodges at Clumber

NWGU - Clumber lodges  Potential entrance to Outline planning permission for 129 holiday lodges at Clumber has been granted
NWGU - Clumber lodges Potential entrance to Outline planning permission for 129 holiday lodges at Clumber has been granted

Controversial plans for 129 holiday lodges near Clumber Park have been given the green light - creating the potential for around 120 jobs.

Outline planning permission for the lodges on land close to Clumber Lane End Farm was granted to Coppergreen Developments Ltd at a planning committee meeting last month.

The accommodation, next to the western entrance of Clumber Park, will be open to holidaymakers all-year-round.

The application received two objection letters from residents living nearby, which can be viewed on the Bassetlaw District Council website.

Residents Ann Spacey and Peter Warden, who have lived at a set of nearby cottages for 13 years, objected on the grounds of flood risk, private water supply, pollution from increased traffic flow, wildlife and conservation concerns, increased noise and increased criminal activity.

The pair’s objection letter said: “Plantation Cottages stand in a dip and are sited lower than the proposed site. We are concerned about surface water running downhill to lower ground.”

Fellow residents Thomas and Josephine Blake said: “At the moment Plantation Cottages is a small oasis of calm on the edge of Clumber Park with little or no light and noise pollution.

“This site will become a magnet to petty criminals to the detriment of the occupiers of the Plantation Cottages.”

Documents as part of the application say possible issues relating to the impact on heritage and traffic noise have been addressed.

Paul Cooper, interim development team manager at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Members voted to grant planning permission subject to two conditions that will prevent permanent occupancy of the lodges.”

A The National Trust spokesman said: “The National Trust is responsible for protecting some of the country’s best loved historic and natural sites; the development of 129 holiday cabins immediately adjacent to Clumber Park is of concern as it will impact on the rural and historic setting of the property.

“Whilst we do not oppose the principle of holiday accommodation in this location, we do feel that a sensitive small-scale development would be more appropriate.”