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Concern over removal of 300 chalets at Allhallows

As many as 800 people could be affected by plans to remove 300 chalets from Allhallows Leisure Park and replace them with caravans.

Allhallows Leisure Park
Allhallows Leisure Park

Bourne Leisure, the owner of the site, also wants to renovate and upgrade the facilities by extending the swimming pool and entertainment area and building a shop, café and an exclusive lounge for caravan owners. The plans were approved at a meeting of Medway planners.

This has provoked a negative reaction from some residents in the village, and Allhallows Parish Council has raised objections, including increased traffic and noise, and fears for wildlife.

In a letter to the committee the council wrote: "The chalets are occupied by leaseholders for 10 months a year. They are permanent residents who pay council tax and we estimate the population of the chalets to be about 800. Children attend the local school."

The chalets have 40-year leases and were built in phases, the first of which was in 1966. Some 29 still have leases with seven or more years to run.

The Allhallows Chalet Residents Association claims people could be made homeless by the plans, but officers say they have weighed up the issues raised and judge there to be no breach of human rights.

They have recommended councillors approve the plans, with a number of conditions.

These include occupation of the caravans being limited to the periods February 1 to November 30 and December 20 to January 7.

A report states: "The development as a whole is not considered to be out of place and indeed has the potential to be a significant improvement to this countryside location."

Similarly, there is predicted to be "minimal" impact on nearby residents and roads.

Are you affected by Bourne Leisure’s plans? Leave a comment below or call the newsdesk on 01634 227803

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