Holiday homes win approval

Plans to build 45 holiday apartments on Richmond Park Golf Club outside Watton were yesterday accepted in principle by Breckland Council. However, the development control committee remains concerned that the new designs will not be in keeping with the holiday properties already on the site and has asked the developers to revise their plans.

Plans to build 45 holiday apartments on Richmond Park Golf Club

outside Watton were yesterday accepted in principle by Breckland Council.

However, the development control committee remains concerned that the new designs will not be in keeping with the holiday properties already on the site and has asked the developers to revise their plans.

Norfolk County Council has also raised objections to the scheme because it believes it would not be in keeping with the surrounding countryside.

Plans have already been revised for this reason and more vegetation is proposed around the boundaries of the site to help it blend into the surrounding greenery.

But Breckland had not finished with the project, with councillor Nigel Wilkin criticising the design of the proposed buildings.

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He said: "It seems to me that the holiday homes already on the site are outstanding in their design.

"Looking at these designs, it seems like we are surrounding Cinderella with the ugly sisters."

There will be 45 holiday homes on the site consisting of timeshare houses and holiday apartments in a variety of styles.

There will also be a health club, including a gym, swimming pool and treatment rooms for the use of holidaymakers and a limited number of local people.

Breckland has asked for the buildings to be redesigned and some pathways into the properties to be redirected, but has otherwise agreed provisionally to the proposals put forward.