Kiln Park plans set to be discussed by planning committee

By Observer Reporter in Planning

Plans to redevelop a holiday park on the outskirts of Tenby are being recommended for approval to members of Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning and rights of way committee.

The planning application for Kiln Park Holiday Centre, Marsh Road, includes the the redevelopment and relocation of 117 existing bases and the creation of 58 additional bases for visitor static caravans, as well as a reduction in the number of touring and tent pitches, and the removal of 11 existing staff caravans and their utility connections.

Other aspects of the plans include the demolition of the shop (and relocation to the entertainment complex); removal of laundrette; relocation of maintenance block and service yard; removal of car parking spaces totalling 94 spaces and the creation of 138 car parking spaces.

Plans also feature the upgrading of pedestrian access to the park and ride for access into the town centre; works to and extension of existing attenuation pond; removal of the crazy golf facility; relocation of play area and associated landscaping infrastructure works.

In a report from the authority’s director of development, that is set to go before the planning committee at a meeting at County Hall in Haverfordwest, next Tuesday, it is recommended that the application be approved subject to being advertised as a departure from the Local Development Plan in accordance with The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012.

The approval of the concurrent application, to include planning conditions, is to be determined by the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority (PCNPA), as the boundary between PCC and PCNPA crosses the Park and, for this reason, an application is required to be made to each local planning authority for that part of the development that is located within their jurisdictions.

The applicants Kiln Park Estates Ltd., have stated that the overriding principle for the development is to ‘continually improve the quality of visitor accommodation and facilities’.

“The increased demand for higher grade accommodation and the price premium holiday guests are prepared to pay for higher grades of accommodation/facilities have been recognised - the company aims to meet the new levels of demand, with improved levels of accommodation, park standards, services, entertainment, eating establishments and other facilities,” they wrote.

“The park will be reconfigured to provide an improved visitor experience alongside significant environmental benefits in the form of an improved layout, a less dense development form, additional and improved landscaping, parking and access improvements.”

Members of Tenby Town Council, recently welcomed the plans, giving their full approval to the application, although some concerns were raised by some councillors who said that there were longstanding issues with flooding in that area alongside The Ritec.

A flood consequence assessment has been submitted in support of the application. Within the area administered by PCNPA and in response to concerns raised by Natural Resources Wales, the application has been amended since originally submitted, with more caravans and other aspects of the development being re-located from lower to higher elevations, reducing flood risk.

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