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Plans for new holiday homes at Fineshade Woods

A holiday park could be built in a field at Fineshade Wood alongside the Grade II listed Top Lodge House if a planning application is granted.

The application for 32 timber lodges follows two previous applications for the site - one to allow camping tents was withdrawn in 2015 and another for ‘glamping pods’ was refused a year earlier.

The timber lodges are proposed as caravan-style holiday lets by Nottinghamshire based Countrywide Park Homes. Each would have a decked area and two parking

The plans for Fineshade (7293056)
The plans for Fineshade (7293056)

Access would be from a road shared with the Forestry Commission Offices and Stamford Caravan and Motorhome Club.

No other structures, such as toilet or shower blocks, are included with the application because each lodge would have its own

A statement within the application said: “The lodges would utilise materials that are sympathetic and complimentary to the existing site.

“The proposal seeks to invest in, improve on and raise the standard and quality of tourism offer at the site’s location.

“The development will result in a new site for tourism use which would provide a significant contributor to the local economy.”

The report to planners adds that there will be ‘no significant harm’ to the vale of the landscape as there will be no loss of important features or elements.

Duddington with Fineshade Parish Council will discuss the plans at a meeting of members before giving its views on the development plan.

Fineshade Wood attracts thousands of visitors each year. Some sections of the woodland are part of the ancient Rockingham

What do you think of the plans? Share your views by e-mailing: smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk

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