A pre-application has been submitted for a holiday park outside Newquay. [Extracts from the documents below]
Is it a good idea?
Its using up land currently in agricultural use with some woodland – we need land for food!
It would attract an estimated 200,000 visitors each year – but Cornwall already has too many visitors!
Traffic – recent data from the Cornwall Visitor survey showed that 88% of visitors to Cornwall travel by car. We can expect a lot more traffic in Cornwall due to this proposal. [Anyone heard of the urgency of climate breakdown?].
Jobs – tourism related jobs are largely seasonal and part-time and not that well paid. Does Cornwall need more of these jobs?
Oh and by the way, the public cannot comment on the proposal on the planning site as pre-adds are for information only.
PA19/00960/PREAPP Pre-application advice for holiday park comprising 950 units (900 static caravans, 50 permanent units), central facilities including food and beverage, water experience and leisure activities, open space and associated works. Land Surrounding Bejowan Farm Quintrell Downs Cornwall TR8 4PA
50 hectares of land (124 acres)
200,000 visitors per annum, generating an expenditure of about £15 million per annum in the local economy
It is anticipated that the proposed development will create 45 full time positions and 280 part time/seasonal positions.
950 units (900 static caravans, 50 permanent units)
The site itself is level at its western end, sloping steeply to the north and more gently to the east. The western part of the site is farmed for arable crops, while the eastern end comprises a deciduous and broadleaf woodland and pasture land. A watercourse defines the north eastern edge of the site.
In terms of accessibility, the site is located close to the principal vehicular routes into Newquay. Indeed, the Council are promoting the link to Newquay from the A30 at Victoria via St Columb as strategic route linking up with the aero hub and Nansledan / NSR. The proposal is therefore in accord with emerging strategic highway objectives.