Authority members voiced fears the plans could ‘erode the overwhelming rural character’ of the area with light pollution and increased traffic – however, a planning inspector dismissed these concerns to approved the scheme following SPLS's successful appeal against the Local Planning Authority. The planning application was first submitted in October 2014, but a ruling was first delayed in April 2015 and then rejected in July 2015. Puxton Park commissioned SPLS to appeal the decision.
The development will see Puxton Park expand into a nearby field, with overnight accommodation being added to the adventure park, shop, restaurant and visitor farm.
Puxton’s managing director Alistair Mead was ‘ecstatic’ at the news, which he believes was long overdue. “Having put together a well thought out application for a 120 unit holiday park we were both surprised and stunned when our application was met with a refusal. Amanda at SPLS reviewed the decision and advised us that there were grounds to appeal. SPLS immediately drew up a plan to appeal the decision, which was both measured and cost effective in its approach. We were happy to commission them to undertake the appeal which yielded the desired result with minimal effort on our part."
"It also saved us costs as at appeal, based on the evidence submitted, the level of s106 contributions were reduced from that mooted by the LPA during the original planning process. We now have planning for 120 log cabins, thanks to SPLS.“
He said the self-catering accommodation will be a boost for North Somerset’s tourism in general. “There is not enough accommodation for visitors to North Somerset. We get a lot of phone calls from people who want family accommodation and unfortunately we often have to send them down to Brean. It is going to help the area and more people are going to visit local businesses and attractions.”
SPLS have successfully overturned a council refusal to win permission to build 120 on-site holiday lodges at Puxton Park, a major South West tourist attraction near Weston-super-Mare.
Puxton Park initially had its application for the cabin-style accommodation at its Hewish site rejected by North Somerset councillors.