Year-round opening for Osmington Mills Holidays decision is on hold until July
The year-round opening of the Osmington Mills Holidays site has not been decided – as expected during an area planning committee.
Advisers were informed that the discussion could not take place “for technical reasons” – although it was understood that not all parties concerned had been informed of the meeting.
It will now be discussed at the July meeting of the land use planning committee.
Similar reasons were given for the disappearance of a Bridport item from the agenda, following proposed changes to a listed property at 7 St Andrews Road, Bridport.
The Waterside Holiday Group has argued that its Osmington lodges, having high insulation standards, should be allowed to be used year round.
He asked Dorset Council to rescind the agreement that the site, with the exception of one unit, is to close between January 15 and March 15, a condition that dates back to June 1987.
The site has 68 cedar lodges and a five-bedroom boutique hotel as well as a country club, bar, restaurant and pool complex.
The request for year-round use had attracted more than two dozen letters of opposition, many of which said a few months’ respite from additional traffic, light and noise was needed for residents.
Some have argued that the longer use will only encourage the company to request more lodges in the future, or to convert or upgrade existing units into permanent accommodation.
Waterside Planning Consultant Richard Burgess said: “With the advent of year-round tourism, local planning authorities are increasingly recognizing that such conditions are inappropriate and I would suggest that no permission is granted today. hui for holiday accommodation would not impose such a condition.
“In addition, all moderns benefit from high standards of thermal insulation and heating, so occupant comfort is no longer a consideration. ”
The planning officers had not recommended any particular action and had offered advisers two positions to choose from – for or against the proposal.