Planners backtrack over extra holiday lodges

Date: Friday 5th May 2017

EDEN Council’s planning committee performed a U-turn to approve a scheme to create 34 new lodges at the Center Parcs holiday village, near Penrith.

The number of lodges at the Whinfell Forest complex can now be increased to 926, with an additional 120 car parking spaces and the installation of a new “welcome” building with a 10-bay arrivals area.

At a previous meeting of the committee, councillors expressed concern that the number of lodges had risen steadily from the 700 originally approved in 1993, with a number of additional planning applications for small amounts, and asked when this was going to stop.

They decided that the latest expansion was a step too far and so were minded to refuse the application. But as no legitimate planning reason could be found to back up that opinion, councillors were strongly recommended to instead approve the plan.

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