Hybrid Planning Application for a new Holiday Park at Ingoldmells

We have secured planning permission for Hardys Farm Ltd for a complex hybrid proposal to be developed over 88 hectares (217.5 acres) on the Lincolnshire Holiday Coast north of Skegness.

The Scheme

The scheme comprises outline consent for an hotel, a family pub, a fast-food outlet, a petrol filling station, and a business centre, together with a visitor centre and sales area for static caravans and lodges and full planning permission for a Holiday Park providing accommodation for 400 static caravans, 30 lodges, 500 touring caravan pitches, some 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of camping pitches, provision of tennis courts and sport facilities, riding facilities, the excavation of lakes, the provision of tree planting and landscaping, a footpath and direct footpath access to the beach, together with substantial highway engineering works enabling the relocation of a major junction onto the A52, and the closure of the existing junction. The real terms economic impact of the Holiday Park will amount to £13.2m per annum, with £9.5m into the local supply chain. A cautious estimate suggests the project will directly provide over 100 jobs.

To fully inform the proposal and support the application, an Environmental Statement was required as the scheme was a Scheduled 2 Environmental Impact Assessment development.  We selected and instructed consultants to address Archaeology, Drainage, Ecology, Flood Risk and Transport.  We prepared the Design and Access Statement, Landscape Design Strategy, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, and Sequential and Exceptions Test report.  A Masterplan was prepared, which formed the foundation of the application submitted in December 2016. The application was determined by East Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee, having been recommended for conditional planning permission by the planning officers, with only one dissenting vote. 

The developers are a local family business involved in the tourism offer of the Lincolnshire Holiday Coast for more than sixty years. A key objective is to set a new, higher standard of park layout and density to persuade other parks in the Lincolnshire Holiday Coast area to redevelop to these higher standards, encouraging subsequent investment to trickle down into the community.