Business trio appeal to create a '˜mini Center Parcs' in Chichester

A business trio are fighting to create a '˜mini Center Parcs' in Chichester after their plan was refused.

Friday, 25th November 2016, 11:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:40 pm
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The application looks to change the land on Jubilee Wood, Hambrook Hill in North Hambrook into a tourism and leisure facility – including tepee tents, tree houses and log cabins.

However, the concept was refused by Chichester District Council following parking concerns and the use of The Bridleway for access.

It was also stated that ‘no evidence has been provided to suggest there is a demonstrable need for tourist accommodation in this location’.

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Nevertheless, businessmen Gavin Huband, Mark Monica and Colin Booth – who have been friends for 25 years – have appealed the decision as they believe ‘something fun’ should be brought to the area.

Gavin Huband said: “We want to provide affordable accommodation to the area, somewhere people can go and have fun and be outdoors.

“If we got permission we would love to work with some charities so we can give something back – obviously we want this to be a viable business but it is mainly to give residents something to enjoy.”

The plans aim to provide a holiday system which will ‘encourage much needed tourism in the area’, whilst protecting the areas of woodland growth.

If approved, the holiday park would include three log cabins, up to six tree houses and six mobile homes.

Mr Huband added: “It would be like a mini center parcs – tree top houses as well as camping, children’s play areas and so much more.

“We really believe in these plans and we have tried in our appeal to meet the criteria the council wants.

“We know people don’t want more cars in the area so we are working on that – we want somewhere that is going to incorporate the surrounding environment and habitat.”