Plans have been unveiled to turn a former Second World War airfield into an “eco-holiday” park with 55 caravan lodges.
Rockingham Forest Park Ltd has applied to East Northamptonshire District Council to change the use of the area known as Jack’s Green, between King’s Cliffe and Nassington.
The company wants to lay 56 hard standing bases for 55 caravan lodges and a site office. According to the planning application the area would become a “holiday destination for the whole family.”
The planning application was prepared by GP Planning Ltd. Director Lucy Booth said: “Jack’s Green will have a strong environmental focus that responds to its surroundings, reflecting its natural setting and taking inspiration from the unique landscape and features and history within the Rockingham Forest Park.
“It will provide an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a genuine eco-tourism offer in Britain.”
She added: “There will be 55 sensitively-designed lodges and nine seasonal camping pitches for tepees, yurts and Cimarron tents. There will be a site office and visitor information point, along with a reception and resident site warden accommodated within existing buildings. The lodges will be arranged in clusters, within which there will be car parking and outdoor spaces for visitors to enjoy.”
Some nearby residents have objected to the holiday park, including Sandra Beale who contacted the Mercury.
She said the park would damage a memorial to composer Glenn Miller, who conducted his orchestra in his last airfield hangar concert there before his death in 1944. She also claimed the development threatened to “destroy” the habitat of a herd of deer.
“This land has previously been under threat from an international holiday resort and golfing centre that did not go ahead,” said Sandra. “This new development is a smaller scale project, for now, but nevertheless will impact dramatically on the area.”
People can comment on the application by searching for number 14/02225/FUL at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.