£4m holiday development planned in UK

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A £4 MILLION project to transform a former residential school into four-star holiday accommodation is back on the table.

Planning consultants JWPC Limited submitted an application to build 40 holiday units at the former Linton Camp School site back in August 2005.

The scheme is expected to create five full-time and eight part-time jobs.

But, three weeks after the application was submitted, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority decided it wanted an environmental impact statement.

Paul Tunstall, an associate director with JWPC, said the statement involved ecological information which could only be obtained at certain times of the year.

However, the document has now been completed and the application is scheduled to go before the park's planning committee in November.

The site was used as a residential school until the 1970s, but since then it has been a cause for concern, particularly in the 1990s when it was used by new age travellers who were evicted by a court order.

The old buildings still remain on the site and, theoretically, could be repaired without the need for planning permission.

But Mr Tunstall's clients, the Linton Regeneration Company, want to clear the site and build 40 two-bedroom units for self-catering holidays and timeshare accommodation.

However, he said he was still talking to the national park about whether some element of the site's past should be incorporated into the development.

"It could be an interpretation board or perhaps one or two of the buildings could be left so that people could understand its history," explained Mr Tunstall.

A letter accompanying the original application stated: "We have striven to achieve a careful balance between the enhancement of the natural beauty of the national park - through the removal of unsightly and dilapidated buildings and their replacement with an attractive group of rural buildings - and a high quality tourist-based facility that will meet an identified latent demand for long and short-term letting accommodation in the park.

"In doing so, this will achieve the third aim of bolstering the local economy. Not only will the site be directly providing jobs, but by encouraging more visitors to stay overnight or for longer periods, they will spend more money within the park."

The Linton Regeneration Company was set up solely to purchase, develop and ultimately run holiday accommodation at Linton.

The directors have previously been involved in the leisure industry, running hotels and restaurants, and feel there is a demand in the area for high quality self-catering accommodation.

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