Locals in Portreath, Cornwall, are angry with plans to build 25 new lodges at Gwel an Mor park, where the plans have received more than 100 objections from the public.
American company Cove Communities, which bought the clifftop complex last year, lodged an application with Cornwall Council for the extra lodges along with associated infrastructure and landscaping.
At a meeting on Monday, Portreath Parish Council opposed the plans, reports Cornwall Live.
A Portreath resident, who has threatened to leave the village after 32 years if holiday accommodation continues to grow in the area, has arranged a protest march which will culminate outside Gwel an Mor, whose plans if passed could see the park’s capacity grow to 1,700. Portreath’s population is 1,100.
Laura Cornwell, who is organising the walk, said: “I’m organising this as more of an awareness thing than anything else – three-quarters of the village are still unaware of Gwel an Mor’s plans. Those of us who do know are not happy about it – there will be more visitors than residents in the actual village soon.
“Portreath has been targeted as a holiday hotspot – people pour into the village, but there’s no parking or other infrastructure. We have lived in the village for 32 years and my son was born and bred here. He bought his dream house on the harbour and had a baby, but he couldn’t tolerate it anymore – he couldn’t park anywhere and the noise at night was appalling.
“In the end, he said Portreath was no place to raise a family and left. How sad is that for the village? It’s like living in a goldfish bowl. Residents aren’t happy about what is going on but nobody’s doing anything about it. I understand that we need tourism in Cornwall but it’s invasive and intrusive in Portreath – I will move out of the village if it continues like this.
“The plans at Gwel an Mor are overbearing – it will have a detrimental effect on wildlife and the landscape. It’s a case of greed not need.”
A spokesperson for Gwel an Mor said: “The application for 25 lodges forms part of our Heligan collection of luxury eco lodges which have been very popular with visitors and owners.
“As part of this consent process, we have undertaken extensive assessments to ensure we meet high standards across landscape and visual impact, drainage and biodiversity.
“Gwel an Mor has a long-term plan to invest and enhance the quality of our offering.
“This will continue to attract tourism and economic benefit to the region, all the while ensuring accommodation is provided in a dedicated, well-equipped holiday park rather than through residential housing being let for holidays.”
The spokesperson added that “expert technical assessments do not concur with many of the comments” made on the council’s planning portal.