Residents of holiday chalets go to appeal

PLEA Caravan dwellers Nigel Butters, Joy and Ian Chatten and David Armitage. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131247-4)
PLEA Caravan dwellers Nigel Butters, Joy and Ian Chatten and David Armitage. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131247-4)
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FIVE chalet owners are appealing to be able to live in their holiday park homes all year round.

Fareham Borough Council will have to reconsider a previous planning rule which prevents owners of the chalets at Solent Breezes living there full-time.

At present, the five chalets, in Hook Lane, Warsash, can only be occupied from March 1 until October 31, and then at weekends over the winter.

An assortment of planning decisions have been made over the years, which have led to some chalet owners being given permission to live there all year and others denied.

Around a quarter of the homes at Solent Breezes have permission to live there all year.

Fareham Borough Council argue that allowing full-time occupancy would change the character of the holiday village and would go against rules that prevent development in the countryside.

It also says that the holiday park does not have appropriate facilities or infrastructure.

Nigel Butters has lived in a chalet for the last 12 years. He said: ‘I have a situation where my next-door neighbour is allowed to dwell 365 days a year and I have to leave my property. This is just one example of the mess this situation is in.’

David Armitage has lived on the site for 20 years. He said: ‘It is nonsense to say the site is not sustainable. It’s been there for the last 50 years. It’s already there, the character has not changed and nor have the people.’

Ian Chatten has lived on the site for 16 years with his wife Joy. He said: ‘A number of chalet owners sold their main properties to buy a chalet. There is a housing shortage and the council plan to evict us. To where? That’s what I would love to know.’

Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘Anybody who bought those properties knew they could not live there all year.

‘We ran a consultation which showed public support to keep it as a holiday park. The rules are there to stop it turning into a housing estate.’

The council received 83 responses during a four-week consultation in March, 71 per cent of which were in favour of it staying a holiday park.

A decision on the appeal will be made within the next six weeks.