New holiday park fears

VILLAGERS who successfully fought proposals for a holiday park which they feared would ruin their honeypot tourist village are waiting to see if a new scheme will find favour.

VILLAGERS who successfully fought proposals for a holiday park which they feared would ruin their honeypot tourist village are waiting to see if a new scheme will find favour.

Residents have been told fresh plans have been submitted for the venture – but they want to know when they are likely to be debated in public.

Suffolk Coastal's planners are studying the revised scheme for 75-acre Foxburrow Farm, Waldringfield Road, Brightwell.

Last time the council was overwhelmed with objections from residents in Waldringfield, Hemley, and Newbourne, as well as protests from parish councils and wildlife and countryside organisations.

But the council failed to make a decision within the government's statutory time period and an appeal was lodged.

One of the reasons the previous scheme was rejected was the worry Waldringfield – already full to bursting with visitors in summer – would be overwhelmed by the holidaymakers in the log cabins.

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There were also concerns over traffic, the effect on Newbourne Springs and the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Martlesham British Telecom's hi-tec equipment.

However, the revised plans have cut the number of log cabins proposed by nearly half – with now just 64 shown on the plan instead of 122.

The new scheme includes a two-acre lake, which will also take surface water run off from the site, a pitch and putt course, an informal sports area, children's play area, log cabin clubhouse with bar and restaurant, and a nature reserve.

Accompanying the plans are traffic predictions and consultants which estimate if the site was full of visitors, this would lead to three extra trips to Waldringfield per hour between 9am and 9pm.

Sixty-five per cent occupancy would create three to six more trips a day.

A minibus will be provided for use by groups of visitors and there will be bicycle hire to encourage them to cycle around the area.

Planning consultant Neil Ward, of NWA Planning, for the applicants, said: "The location of the log cabin site is further removed from the British Telecom test facilities at Martlesham Heath so that BT no longer has any objection to the proposals."

The cabins had also been moved away from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the 50pc reduction meant an equal decrease in visitor numbers to Waldringfield and the SSSI.

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