The former Pontin’s holiday camp at Hemsby is back on the market after plans for a 191-home housing estate and 60-bed care home were pulled eight months ago.

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Weeds now flourish on the 2,440- capacity camp which has sat empty since 2008 when Pontin’s closed it “following a period of sustained operating losses”.

Landowner Northern Trust had pinned hope on developing the site for residential use, but following heated objections from residents the plans were withdrawn in January 2012 before they came before the development control committee.

Residents feared the development would place a strain on schools and doctors’ surgeries, put more cars on the road and take a valuable tourism asset away from Hemsby.

In a change of tack, the site has gone back on the market advertised for “tourism/ leisure uses”.

But Northern Trust bosses would not be drawn on whether housing development was still a future option if a buyer was not found.

A spokesman said: “We withdrew the application in January to consider the range of options for the future of the site and have decided to take the site forward to the market for sale through our agents, Savills.

“The site will not be going to auction, rather we are inviting offers from interested parties following the start of our marketing campaign.

“We look forward to securing a successful future for this important part of Hemsby.”

Mick Castle, chairman of the borough’s development control committee, said a strong marketing campaign would “flush out some kind of long-term plan for the site” one way or another.

“They will either find someone with some serious money or find there isn’t the stomach to redevelop it as a holiday site,” he added.

“I’m sure lots of people would like to see Pontin’s still there, but if there’s no money to bring it to 2012 standards it won’t happen.

“It’s good news for the borough – if it isn’t bought it will at least make it clear for the community that this place will lay derelict.”

Keith Kyriacou, vice-chairman of Hemsby Parish Council, said: “It’s got to stay as tourism as when you let that go for building all the other camp sites will go as building.”

12 comments

  • i used to work at pontins many years ago, it is a fantastic site, could be a lovely holiday centre again and is certainly big enough to have a sports centre built, or it could be used for both,chalets need upgrading.or demolish and put lodges on there or static caravans, this is to valuable a piece of land and should not be left to go derelict

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    tracey

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

  • Nuclear reprocessing.

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    Paul Morley

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • What does one have to do to get a comment past the mods? OK Good beach, little resort ( if tacky) proper place for chalets for self catering tied into Broads and beach holidays. Not a good place for a care home nor retirement properties-too far from anything to do, too cold in winter and a drain on GP services. The road over Dow Hill is not fit for more traffic all year round and the village appears to be as big as its facilities and services can cope with. What the place does not need is more housing for the retired . Nor a supermarket.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • I suggest that it becomes a huge waste incinerator site......Or an internment camp for useless councillors that had anything to do with the Outer Harbour deal that has completely gone belly up and yet the public cant see the records for nearly 30 years!

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    wes1975

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Live firearms training and range facility or possibly RAF bombing range.

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    Paul Morley

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Very large holding pen for all the failed asylum seekers awaiting deportation.

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    nrg

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • I agrre immigration detention centre or halfway housing for problem families or better still HMP could use it for cat c prisoners.

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    Steve Wells

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Maybe proper homes already built could be taken out of the holiday and second home market if this site became a smart chalet park. Terrible waste to take the site out of the holiday trade, it is so well situated for those who want to explore the broads without being on a cruiser holiday and also the coast and Norwich.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Live firearms training and range facility or possibly RAF bombing range.

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    Paul Morley

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • After all the sport we have had this summer, why don't someone turn it into a sports complex. There could be football pitches that local teams could hire out for the season. With the new layouts set by the FA where clubs will need 3 different size pitches this could be an ideal place to do them. Also have a club house that can be hired out for parties and presentations, but can be used on match days with a tuck shop and drinks. You could have an indoor or outdoor athletics track that clubs or schools could hire. To much of open ground is being built on. Lets save some and give our kids chance to keep fit in a fun way.

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    pa012d9924

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • People in the area can't sell their homes as it is. If homes were built they would probably be aimed at the retirement market and like care homes would put strain on existing services. Why anyone would think a windy coastal location remote from services is a good place for a care home defeats me.Hemsby has a lot of residential building already, up to the capacity of its services I would estimate and to the capacity of the road into Yarmouth if used all year round. The beach is good, there is a little tacky seaside resort, it is obvious-new chalets marketed at the self catering market and tied into Broads and beach holidays. If we have holiday establishments where they are appropriate maybe we could ban second homes in places where they are killing villages.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • I agrre immigration detention centre or halfway housing for problem families or better still HMP could use it for cat c prisoners.

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    Steve Wells

    Monday, September 10, 2012

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