East Ord park wants to allow permanent residents

Ord House Country Park wants to allow some of its residents to be able to live on site all year round.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:29 pm

The award-winning park has applied for a variation of its planning permission to enable permanent occupancy on the eastern part of the site.

Although the East Ord site is open all year-round, it can currently only be used as holiday accommodation and not be continuously occupied by the same person for more than six months per year.

A report by agent Mark Southerton with the application states: ‘The Maguire family have made extensive enhancements to the park and are in the process of making further investment in the facilities on the site.

‘As part of this process they have decided it is an appropriate time to re-appraise the way the enterprise operates given the interest expressed by people wanting to buy a unit on the site as their home, so enabling them to live in single storey accommodation more suited to their needs and/or let their children live in their current home or to downsize and sell it.’

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They say a change in legislation now appears to identify residential caravans as as additional type of housing, recognising them as having a role in contribution to the supply of housing.

The report continues: ‘Given this background... the owners are keen to look into the possibility of altering the terms of the extant permission to allow an increase in the area/pitches available for residential use, so making a more beneficial contribution to housing supply utlising what is effectively a brownfield site, sustainably located close to a variety of local services, facilities on the park as well as being within easy distance of Berwick.

‘Any likely impact of the proposal on the amenity of other local residents will be at worst neutral and most probably reduced as residential occupation is usually quieter than being used by holidaymakers.’

There has been one objection by building surveyor Robert Hales, who lives at nearby Thornton Gate in Hiveacres.

He said: “In my professional opinion, if granted to allow permanent residential use of the site for 12 months per year it will lead to further development of more permanent homes being built on what is currently a large area of the application site.”