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Hope new proposals for 15 holiday lodges at All Saints Hotel and Golf, in Fornham St Genevieve, could win green light

A developer hopes a new holiday lodge scheme at a Fornham St Genevieve hotel and golf club could win the support of nearby residents and West Suffolk Council planners.

David Harris, of M&D Developments, said the latest proposals – for 15 holiday lodges on part of the All Saints Hotel and Golf course – had been designed to take concerns raised over previous proposals into account.

Previous applications for 70 lodges and 35 lodges were refused, with the planning inspector last year rejecting an appeal for the 35-lodge plans, while a 22-lodge application was withdrawn earlier this year.

All Saints Hotel in Fornham St Genevieve (48261528)
All Saints Hotel in Fornham St Genevieve (48261528)

However, Mr Harris is hopeful the latest scheme could be given the green light.

“We have spent six to nine months reviewing the inspector’s decision and neighbour comments, coming up with something which is, in our view, acceptable,” he said.

The planning inspector’s appeal decision on the 35-lodge proposal cited concern over the closing of the gap between the Mildenhall Road employment area and the nearest properties in Pigeon Lane, while he said the loss of mature trees would be noticeable and ‘increase the perception of urbanisation’.

All Saints Hotel and Golf Club (48261341)
All Saints Hotel and Golf Club (48261341)

Mr Harris said: “The new plans are for a much smaller area of land and we’ve made it a totally different scheme to what we’ve had before. We have left all the trees and vegetation and tried to make it sit within the club.”

Mr Harris said he believed the holiday lodges would be ‘a big pull’ with tourists.

“With Covid, this would be a great thing for the town,” he said.

“But we find it quite difficult to get the planners on board. We understand the policies but we have got something here that’s good for jobs and the economy. We can’t seem to get them to focus outside the planning policies.

“We know holiday lodges like this are popular. Phone anything similar in this country and they are all fully booked. We think that will continue long-term, with people who don’t want to go abroad,” added Mr Harris.

The previous applications were not supported by Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve Parish Council, while many residents living close to the proposals also objected.

West Suffolk Council will consider the new scheme.

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