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Holiday park to be built in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster - provided there’s no flood risk

15:05 29 April 2013

Cllr Sandra Binion: "The icing on the cake is the flood risk."

Cllr Sandra Binion: "The icing on the cake is the flood risk."

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Plans for a nine-chalet holiday park in Upminster were approved – subject to a hefty list of conditions.

Local residents had raised a number of objections to the application, including the fact that the site in St Mary’s Lane borders a working livestock farm.

Havering Council has received a letter from nearby homeowners opining that the noise from holidaymakers playing music and drinking would cause “serious disturbance to the livestock”.

Residents also complained that the application involved building on the green belt.

A representative of the applicant rejected this, saying: “The current site [the Whitehouse Kennels] is unsightly and consists of ramshackle constructions.

“It can be noisy, especially when used by numerous vehicles.

“It’s within the existing footprint of the development, and considered to be brownfield land.”

Cllr Linda van den Hende (Residents’ Association, Upminster) said the site was in a flood zone and raised concerns about the number of parking spaces in the plan.

She also echoed residents’ concerns over the neighbouring livestock farm.

“The use of fireworks if people are having a celebration could be detrimental to some farm animals,” she said.

Concerns were also raised about the possible misuse of the chalets as residential homes. It was agreed that a condition will be imposed that they be in use for no more than nine months of the year, with the exact time period to be decided by the council.

Cllr Barry Tebbutt (Conservative, Brooklands) said it was important that conditions did not strangle the business.

“We want to give the business the best possible opportunity for success,” he said. “I would go against suggestions of reducing the time period – if you reduce it down to seven or eight months we are asking for the business to fail.”

Cllr Barry Oddy added: “I can’t see it as being the hottest destination for people to visit. Who goes on holiday in January in a caravan in Upminster?”

But Cllr Sandra Binion (Conservative, Havering Park) said the suggested season of 10 months was too long.

“The icing on the cake is the flood risk,” she added. “Give permission to something that could end up floating down to Ockendon? No, thank you.”

But the proposal was passed by 10 votes to one abstention, on the understanding that the council would wait for a detailed flood risk assessment from the Environment Agency before giving the final go-ahead.

Other conditions include landscaping the area, restrictions on barbecues and banning caravans from the car park.

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