Back in April 2016, East Devon's MP was more than happy to endorse the upgrading of one of the jewels in the crown of local business dynasty FWS Carter:
MP Hugo’s ribbon-cutting date marks £10m facelift | Latest Exmouth News - Exmouth Journal
The Ladram Bay caravan park keeps getting prizes:
Business award joy for Ladram Bay team | Latest Exmouth News - Exmouth Journal
Ladram Bay's award success | Latest Exmouth News - Exmouth Journal
Exmouth Business Awards 2018 Ladram Bay | Latest Exmouth News - Exmouth Journal
And it's a great place to get away from it all:
Why a caravan break with the in-laws is the greatest holiday you'll ever have - Telegraph
Splendour of Jurassic Coast’s Ladram Bay in Devon – The Sun
The only problem is that the locals are not particularly keen on the ever-expanding site:
Holiday park boss accused of intimidating councillor in village row - Devon Live
Second meeting to tackle lorry traffic problems in East Devon village - Devon Live
As reported in this blog earlier this year and before:
Futures Forum: Ladram Bay caravan park > local business, the local community and traffic issues > report from latest meeting Tuesday 9th January
Futures Forum: Ladram Bay caravan park > local business, the local community and traffic issues > further meeting tomorrow Tuesday 9th January
Futures Forum: Ladram Bay caravan park > local business, the local community and traffic issues > further meeting planned for Tuesday 9th January
Futures Forum: Ladram Bay caravan park > local business, the local community and traffic issues
It seems, however, that the District Council prefers 'supporting Enterprise over Environmental issues':
Futures Forum: Pressures to expand the Greendale and Hill Barton Business Parks >>> deadline to comment: Friday 2nd February
Futures Forum: Sidford business park >> campaign group's latest update > EDDC's Landscape Architect 'damns the application's plans'
Futures Forum: Pressures to expand business parks in East Devon >>> Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury: making a mockery of the government's environmental initiative "A green future - Our 25 year plan to Improve the Environment"
The East Devon Watch blog carries a statement from the District Cllr who has responsibility for Ladram Bay issues:
UNREST IN OTTERTON – PLANNING POLICIES IN SHAMBLES
8 SEP 2018
Otterton Residents frustration to visitor and contractor traffic.
Residents in the beautiful village of Otterton are very concerned after the hot summer which has seen a heavy increase to their village roads with serious problems in noise pollution and traffic with visitors to Ladram Bay Holiday Park and now large mobile homes getting stuck in the village and causing further frustration to local people.
Residents blame EDDC and the County Council for allowing the Holiday Park to expand over the last 20 years and not listening to their views or those of the Parish Council concerns.
However, District Councillor Cllr Geoff Jung who has been the District Councillor for the last 3 years for Raleigh Ward that includes Ladram Bay, says:
“I have done everything possible to control the expansion of the Holiday Park. The Park is there and there is nothing that a Planning Authority can do to reduce its size.”
“The East Devon Local Plan does not support any further expansion for any Holiday Park within the AONB, and with the site being on the Jurassic Coast which is a World Heritage site, this you would think would be reason enough to protect the area from further expansion.”
“However as demonstrated at East Devon’s planning meeting last Tuesday regarding Industrial units to be built at Blackhill Quarry in the AONB of Woodbury Common, that although it was against East Devon’s local plan policies, the lack of support from Natural England and the controlling party Tory Councillors supporting Enterprise over Environmental issues, the committee unfortunately voted to approve the application by just one vote!!”
“The justification for Blackhill was – it will provide jobs and unfortunately RSPB and National England did not object won the day. I fear the same will happen when three outstanding Ladram Bay planning applications that are being considered at present.”
The 3 planning Applications awaiting determination are:
18/2015/FUL LPG storage tanks Ladram Bay Otterton Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BX.
This is for the siting of large storage tanks in the field above the existing Holiday Park and the Public Road.
8/1517/FUL Retrospective application for a new ‘splash’ zone adjacent to the indoor swimming pool, extension to viewing deck at junction of beach and slipway; relocation and re-orientation of bases and addition of static caravan. These developments have already been built and the owners have been requested to summit the applications to comply to Planning Policy.
The Jurassic Coast Trust has objected, plus the Parish Council and 10 individuals. The Planning department are awaiting further comments from the AONB and Natural England before they come to a decision.
17/1584/FUL for revisions to a planning permission submitted in 2016, 16/1709/FUL for the construction of new service yard and building. Again, this application covers work that has already been carried out with new roads car park and a service yard being built one third larger than originally approved.
This application is being held up for further landscaping proposals from the applicant before it can be finally being determined by the planning department.
Unrest in Otterton – planning policies in shambles | East Devon Watch