Plans for 55 holiday lodges in East Northants woodland approved

Jacks Green (Photo: GP Planning Ltd)
Jacks Green (Photo: GP Planning Ltd)

Plans for 55 holiday lodges in ancient woodland in East Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead.

Rockingham Forest Park Ltd had applied for a change of use of Jacks Green, near King’s Cliffe, to provide for a range of caravan lodges, camping pitches and visitor facilities.

The application for a development with 56 hardstanding bases for 55 mobile home-style lodges and nine camping pitches had been deferred from a meeting on September 23, but was approved by East Northants Council’s planning management committee last night (Wednesday).

The site at Rockingham Forest Park is a clearing which is bounded by mature and ancient woodland.

During the Second World War, Jacks Green was used as an extension to the US Air Force Station. Glenn Miller conducted his orchestra in his last airfield hanger concert in October 1944, which is denoted by a small memorial located in the south of Jacks Green.

The application had been recommended for approval by East Northamptonshire Council’s planning management committee, but there had been 44 letters of objection to the plans and just one in support.

Concerns raised include access and traffic implications, impact on the countryside, the effect on public rights of way/bridleways, impact on ancient woodlands and noise, light and air pollution.

However, the report’s conclusion considered by councillors before they made their decision stated: “Officers are supportive of the development and recognise that the site can offer a unique visitor destination and experience.”

The plans were approved subject to a number of conditions.