Find out why this holiday park is applying for planning permission
AN ISLE of Wight holiday park — operated by Away Resorts — is seeking permission to keep 92 lodges in their current position.
The St Helens Coastal Resort rearranged the holiday lodges in 2010 when the two previous campsites — Field Lane Holiday Park and Hillgrove Holiday Park— merged.
The rearranging was done without planning consent so now applicants, Coastal Parks Hold Ltd, based in Hemel Hempstead, are looking to make it official.
Planning agents on behalf of the applicants, BCM, said in documents the proposal creates an attractive and quality holiday destination following substantial investment in the site.
Away Resorts acquired Aria Resorts in November 2021, and added the St Helens site and two other holiday parks on the Island to its portfolio.
The application to the Isle of Wight Council, BCM says, hopes to secure the long-term future of St Helens as a higher-value resort, reinvigorating the park and improving the tourism offer on the Island.
The proposal, the planning agents say, does not look to intensify the use of the site beyond what has already been approved and it 'simply redistributes' the units evenly across the site.
Another part of the application seeks to set right the use of existing back-of-house facilities as its 'history is not clear and disjointed'.
No changes are proposed to the building but permission is being sought so it can be officially used as an office, store, laundry and staff welfare facility, for the avoidance of doubt, BCM says.
You can view the plans, 22/00033/FUL, on the Isle of Wight Council's planning register. Comments can be made until March 3.