Chalet owners lose the fight to stay all year

HOPES DASHED From left, Nigel Butters, Joy and Ian Chatten and David Armitage. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131247-1)
HOPES DASHED From left, Nigel Butters, Joy and Ian Chatten and David Armitage. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131247-1)
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CHALET owners have lost their bid to overturn a council decision banning them from living there all the year round.

The chalets are at Solent Breezes holiday park, Hook Lane, Warsash.

The site has been subject to different planning decisions over the years, including some that let around 25 chalet owners live there all year.

But five other owners had their application to do the same turned down by Fareham Borough Council last year.

They took the council to an appeal.

Planning inspector Tim Wood heard both sides of the story at an appeal meeting, and has published his result.

He agreed with the council’s decision and refused the owners the right to full-time occupancy, meaning they have to vacate the chalets on weekday nights from March 1 until October 31.

In his report, Mr Wood cited the unsuitable countryside location and the need to maintain the character of a holiday village as the main reasons for his decision.

Chalet owner David Armitage, who has lived at Solent Breezes for 20 years, said: ‘I’d be willing to go to the High Court to fight this decision.

‘This is my only home – I’ve got nowhere else to go.

‘The council is making us homeless. For four nights a week in the winter, I’ll have to sleep on the steps at the Civic Offices.

‘It’s madness. At a time when there is a housing shortage, they are kicking us out.

‘There is nothing wrong with these homes.’

Council leader Sean Woodward said that this decision would now set a precedent for other people wanting to submit similar applications.

He said: ‘They bought those chalets knowing full well they couldn’t live there all year.

‘If you buy a holiday home, then you do not expect to be able to live there all year.’

Mr Armitage said that he was upset that he had not been told of the decision by the planing inspector.

The planning inspector said that the chalet owners’ agent had been informed of the decision.

Cllr Woodward said the council is independent of the inspector and that enforcement action would be taken if the chalets continued to be occupied all year.