Holiday park would boost economy of Kessingland

The major benefits that a proposed multi million pound holiday park in a north Suffolk coastal village will bring to the local economy have been revealed in a council report.

The cliff-top site at the derelict Hollies, off London Road, Kessingland, could be open to customers in the summer if the plans gain planning permission from Waveney District Council. The council has held a briefing with the company behind the park, Beeston Group, and it has been told how the new site, which is due to have 140 luxury timber lodges, will benefit Kessingland and the surrounding area.

Following the briefing the council prepared a report on the benefits of the park, which will be developed over 10 years if approved and will become Beeston Group's 'flagship site'.

It states: 'It was anticipated that the holiday park would add an additional �500,000 to the local economy and this would increase over time as further areas of the site were developed.

'The holiday park would also create permanent employment for 40 people on site, with the potential for 20 additional posts to be created off site.'

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The Beeston Group, which has parks in Dunwich and Cromer, says that if passed the first stage of the park's development will see touring caravan and camping pitches with an office and toilet/shower blocks open to guests in the summer.

It is then planned that further fields on the 28.5 acre site will then be developed with luxury cabins, glamping-yurts, wigwams, an indoor swimming pool and a bar and restaurant.

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And the briefing also heard how the park could benefit people from the Kessingland area in other ways.

The report says: 'A number of nature paths would be developed and cycles would be available for hire by both holidaymakers and local residents. It was confirmed that local residents would be given the opportunity to use the facilities on site. It had not yet been decided whether this would be on a 'pay as you use basis' or whether by monthly subscription.'

The report says Kessingland Parish Council is pleased the derelict site was being developed and brought back into use, creating jobs for local people.

People using the site will be encouraged to use the Kessingland bypass rather than driving through the village and issues over sewerage are being addressed.

Beeston Group purchased the Hollies site for �650,000. It has a farmhouse dating back to the early 1900s, which was used by a children's camp and is due to be demolished.

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