A proposed 12 cabin holiday development at Coldingham has been described as “five star accommodation” but also “an upmarket trailerpark”.
Around 50 residents and regular visitors to Coldingham and its beach have submitted objections to the planning application for the chalet development at Milldown, with some visitors indicating that if the development goes ahead they will go elsewhere in future.
One comment on the council’s planning website reads: ““I am concerned about the aesthetics and size of the development but also the increased burden of traffic on a single track, rural road that we as a family often walk on foot. I will be unlikely to expose my children to such a risk and will consequently be likely to visit other safe, beautiful and responsible areas that value their natural landscape more than Borders Council appear to do.”
SBC’s economic development department, however support the application saying that it “fits with the National Tourism Strategy and the Scottish Borders Tourism Strategy”.
Applicants, Coldingham Bay Lodges Ltd, based at Haddington, say: “The tourism strategy has identified a growing demand for short break holidays and for accommodation suited to those wishing more active type holidays.
“The proposed development is ideally place to service the identified future demand on target markets ie “mature devotees, affluent active devotees, younger domestic explorers and affluent southern explorers.
“The objective is to provide 5 star standard accommodation as set out in the Visit Scotland scheme. It will be an innovative and enjoyable place to stay and attract visitors from all over the world. Biodiversity of the immediate area will be enhanced by creation of ponds, insect havens, erection of bird boxes, and planting of trees and shrubs to promote wildlife.”
However, the possible impact of the development on wildlife is one of the major concerns of objectors, one of them listing all the birds, animals, flora and fauna that currently inhabit the areas, and saying: “The area is a miniature nature reserve in its own right, and deserves protection for future generations to enjoy.”