Eyemouth Holiday Park operators Park Resorts Ltd are seeking planning consent to build 23 mobile homes on land allocated for housing.
The application for a change of use on land adjacent to the holiday park states: “This land is currently allocated as a housing site, but despite repeated marketing exercises and renewal of outline building consent, efforts to sell the site on with planning permission have failed.
“There is continued demand for holiday caravans in this location but the council has advised that planning permission for siting holiday caravans on this allocated site would only be granted for a very short term temporary period of five years.
“A minimum of 20 years would be needed to justify the investment required to develop the site for holiday caravans.
“It is proposed to develop the site with residential standard lodges that can be sold as permanent homes under the Mobile Homes Act.”
Park Resorts Ltd say that building lodges on the site would allow them to operate the site as part of the caravan park, while at the same time retaining the residential housing status of the land.
In 2004 an application to site an extra 29 static caravans instead of 17 chalets was approved by Scottish Borders Council; in 2007 planning permission was given for 20 houses to be built on land adjacent to the holiday park; and in 2011 permission was given to extend the holiday park by a further 31 caravans.
“Mobile homes are considerably cheaper to purchase then equivalent property in bricks and mortar so the proposed scheme would make 2-3 bedroom, single storey accommocation more readily available to prospective purchases,” said Park Resorts.