Homes plan for holiday camp
A FORMER holiday park in Duporth could be transformed into a village for the over 55s with plans for nearly 40 new homes.
RST1 South West Group Ltd and Somerston Healthcare Properties Ltd are looking to redevelop the site at Farm Manor Road to provide retirement living accommodation.
The Duporth Retirement Living project looks to provide 38 age-restricted homes for people aged 55 and over, convert the existing listed farm buildings into a further eight homes and restore the Grade II listed clock tower.
The site, which dates from 1806, was previously used as holiday accommodation and has been empty for around 10 years.
A pre-application was put forward to Cornwall Council in December.
The applicant said the key difference from the plans last year was the change from four homes in the farmhouse and barn to five units.
They said the four homes were considered to be oversized and one extra unit was required to enable viability of the overall project.
The site was also subject to a pre application in 2014 for a 50-bed care home, eight close care apartments, 14 age-restricted open-market apartments and the retention of the existing listed clock tower and associated car parking and landscaping.
The applicant is proposing to restore the Grade II Listed Clock tower back to its former architectural glory, but said re-installing a mechanism was unlikely.
Duporth Holiday Village was built on the site of the old Duporth Estate and Manor which was owned by Charles Rashleigh, who developed Charlestown.
The site was sold in 1933 to Seaside Holiday Camps Ltd and the camp opened by the Whitsun of 1934.
During the Second World War the camp was requisitioned by the War Office and the Indian Army and American Army were stationed there.
After the war it returned to being a holiday camp and Butlins bought the site in 1972.
Duporth Holiday Village was owned by Haven Holidays until the early 2000s before being sold.
A public consultation event was held on December 1, where the local residents were invited to share their views on the proposals.
Some key issues were brought to light including the impact of construction traffic and how this would be managed to minimise impact on residents, the height of the units and expansion of the existing landscape buffer zone.
The applicant said: “Overall, we feel that through collaboration with the local community, these proposals have the ability to enhance the social and architectural character for residents on Duporth Bay and property prices secured by a redevelopment of this nature, after so many years of lying vacant and derelict.
“Following one-to-one discussions with local residents, the proposals have been developed further in order to allay concerns regarding the scale of development.”
A decision on the application is due to be made by May 11.