PLANS have been lodged for a massive expansion of a caravan park on the Northumberland coast, with 100 jobs in the pipeline.
Owners of Seafield Caravan Park at Seahouses have applied to Northumberland County Council for permission to extend the site onto agricultural land and build a further 188 static homes, to add to the 400 or so already there.
The application also proposes the building of a community sports facility, incorporating a full size football pitch for use by a village club, at the 40-acre Seafield Road site as well as 188 parking spaces and new access.
If approved, the 9.75 hectare expansion would create 100 jobs, in addition to the existing 26 full time and 29 part time staff.
The proposal has been submitted by park owners Strathearn Leisure Parks Ltd and agent Sandra Thompson of Signet Planning at Annitsford.
It is a resubmission after plans lodged in June last year were withdrawn to allow surveys to be carried out on impact on wildlife.
Park owner Ken Britton said the scheme represents a multi-million pound development which would add to the site’s already “massive contribution to the local economy.”
He said: “We just find the demand is such that we are operating at almost capacity at most times because of the extremely high standards that we set.
“We found the need to possibly expand the park.”
North Sunderland Parish Council is expected to consider the application at its meeting in January, having raised no objection to the initial proposal.
Parish councillor David Donaldson said he expected the plans to be of interest, particularly for residents at nearby Osborne Gardens and North Lane: He said: “It will. The neighbours up there are bound to have comments.”
Seafield, which incorporates the Ocean Club health club, has won a string of regional and national accolades over the years, including a gold in the national final of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2006 and a David Bellamy Conservation Award.
The site, awarded five stars by Quality Tourism, has been run by the Britton family for three generations and last year celebrated its 50th year in business.
The park overlooks the seafront and Bamburgh Castle, and is close to the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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