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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Planning chiefs consider green holiday village proposals

Plans for a green holiday village between Great Ayton and Stokesely which developers say will help transform the local tourism economy go before Hambleton district council planners today (Thursday 23 June).
Artist's impression of the cycle centre hub.

If approved, Angrove Country Park will feature 179 chalets in an environmentally sustainable development. The scheme includes plans for fishing ponds and a central hub with a café and cycle hire.

The development will create around 160 new jobs on the site and in the local economy, with the increase in visitor numbers expected to deliver around £5.6m of spending to Great Ayton and a cumulative economic impact of £24.4m per year.

Situated on the Coast to Coast cycle route, the development will help ensure that the Endeavour Way cycle route between Great Ayton and Stokesley, becomes a reality.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity has given his support to the scheme following the success of the Tour de Yorkshire, which drew thousands of spectators as it passed through Great Ayton on the final leg of the race on 1 May this year.

He said: “A quality development that helps to promote the cycling offer of Yorkshire and looks to attract visitors all year round would be a great fit for many of the people who are coming to Yorkshire.

“It has the added benefit that it will support the local economy of Hambleton.”

The proposal for Angrove Country Park, put forward by owner and local farmer Alan Petch, went through an initial series of modifications following a round of public consultation last year.  Further changes include increased landscaping and the introduction of a phasing plan that will see the scheme developed more gradually over the next six to eight years.

If planners approve the scheme, tree planting would start this autumn and building work could begin ready for opening in 2017.

Planners will also be able to inspect perspective views of the site from a range of local vantage points, while a detailed business case outlines the shortage of holiday accommodation in the area.

Planning consultant, Steve Hesmondhalgh, who has advised on the proposal, said: “We have worked closely with council planners and the proposal is better for having been through that collaborative process.”

He added: “The scheme that will shortly go to planning committee is an excellent form of farm diversification that will deliver both tourism jobs and much needed accommodation for cyclists and other visitors to the area.

“Cycling is playing an increasingly important role in the tourist economy of the region. The only problem we’d identified was a lack of accommodation and Angrove Country Park will go a long way towards addressing this shortage in the area."

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