The impacts of the Ladram Bay Holiday Park

Popular with tourists… not so popular with locals.

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Ladram Bay continues to be a favourite place to holiday:

Bringing Ladram Bay to Bridgwater! Couple’s garden wall painting of iconic East Devon view

Official Ladram Bay Holiday Park | Beach Holidays in Devon

And it’s received another gong:

Otterton holiday park Ladram Bay wins South West Tourism Excellence award | Exmouth Journal

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Meanwhile, earlier in the summer, the village of Otteron was finalising its Neighbourhood Plan:

Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon – Otterton – East Devon

It’s not very happy about a very big project on its doorstep:

Otterton Parish Council chairman John Hiles on Otter Estuary restoration | Exmouth Journal

And it’s not happy at all about any further expansion of the Ladram Bay Holiday Park:

It explains how the caravan and lodges development has grown to its maximum size within its boundary, has a detrimental impact on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has an impact on the village in terms of excess traffic, congestion and the accompanying pollution that cars, delivery vans, lorries and caravans bring.

Ladram Bay is ‘detrimental’ to Jurassic Coast – Radio Exe

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Next week, the District Council will be looking at a retrospective planning application from the Park owners:

Agenda for Planning Committee on Wednesday, 4th November, 2020, 10.00 am – East Devon

Here’s comment from the East Devon Watch blog:

Ladram Bay’s unauthorised “Viewing Deck” to be considered by EDDC Planning Committee Wednesday 4 Nov. | East Devon Watch

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Here’s a Futures Forum blog entry from two years ago which summarised the situation on other retrospective planning applications and issues over the amount of traffic going through Otteron:

Futures Forum: Ladram Bay caravan park > local business, the local community and traffic issues > three planning applications awaiting determination

Futures Forum: Ladram Bay caravan park > UNESCO objects to retrospective planning application

Indeed, things got very heated at the time:

Director of Ladram Bay Holiday Park attempts intimidation at public meeting – Claire Wright

And here’s a parallel case in North Devon:

Futures Forum: Devon caravan park > local business, the local community and traffic issues > planning application to expand unanimously rejected by councillors

Meanwhile, over the years, there have been other ‘unauthorised’ developments by the same company elsewhere in East Devon:

Futures Forum: Pressures to expand the Greendale and Hill Barton Business Parks > two retrospective planning applications approved

Of which there is quite a history:

Futures Forum: Pressures to expand the Greendale and Hill Barton Business Parks >>> deadline to comment: Friday 2nd February

Finally, there’s a dingy in Exmouth:

Futures Forum: Brexit: and fishing quotas for a tiny Exmouth boat

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