Holiday home variation offer at Old Pontins in Hemsby

15:47 1 February 2022

An offer to allow the holiday units taking shape on the former Pontins site at Hemsby to be occupied year-round is in the hands of the planners.

The developers behind The Pines say there is no need for a 17-day break from January 14 to February 1 to allow for “maintenance” of vacation properties that are as well made as permanent homes on the site.

Flashback: The Pontins’ former holiday camp at Hemsby, which stood empty for over a decade before the developers came up with a mixed-use scheme.
– Credit: Nick Butcher

Permission was granted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in July 2021 for the mixed-use development, converting the cottage buildings into 188 homes and 88 holiday and caravan units.

A condition limiting occupancy of holiday homes has been imposed ‘to allow for maintenance/renovation of the units and for the local planning authority to retain control over the use of the units for holiday accommodation’ .

See how The Pines is developing on the former Pontine resort site in Hemsby.

Open plan living is a feature of some of the former Pontins cottages in Hemsby.
– Credit: Denise Bradley

However, claimant Graham Avery says removing the condition would allow maintenance to take place when needed, and the council would still control use as part of a planning condition.

Hemsby Parish Council objected, saying the occupancy should be limited to 11 months.

Borough council officers recommend approval.

The question will be debated during the Borough Council’s Development Control Commission on February 2.

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