July 7, 2022 1.30 pm

‘Marmite’ holiday park plans which are dividing town

Locals hate them, but lots of others love them

By Local Democracy Reporter

A ‘five star’ holiday park application which people either love or hate is up for approval next week.

Locals living in Market Rasen are fiercely against the idea, but others believe it would be a ‘huge asset’ for the town.

The proposed site near the racecourse on Legsby Road would include space for 79 static caravans, and is recommended for approval.

Greens Park Homes promises that it would be “well above standards for traditional static caravan parks, and significantly higher than touring caravans. The aim of the park is to provide five-star self-catering holiday accommodation.”

However, local residents have objected to the size, closeness to existing properties and a potential increase in traffic.

One Market Rasen resident said: “Well this is a Marmite application! People from outside the locale seem in favour, local people less so and I am amongst these. This is a rural road used by walkers and cyclists to access our countryside, it is dangerous enough being a near single track road.”

Another said the road is “totally unsuitable for such large infrastructure”, with the town council also raising concerns about the scale.

The proposed site would make it easy for holidaymakers to visit the racecourse or golf course | Photo: Google

However, potential holidaymakers think a caravan site could be just what the town needs.

“Market Rasen needs five star holiday facilities. The town is struggling so increasing visits by tourist will put it on the map,” one person said.

“The development will support the local economy and generate more support for the natural and cultural heritage. Visitors to the Race Course and the beautiful Wolds will benefit from five star second-homes or holiday caravans and lodges.”

Another said: “This proposal will enhance the vision of a new industry of leisure and tourism, bringing support for the racecourse and the golf club and shops and businesses in the town.”

Others described is as a “huge asset”which would boost tourism and blend in to Market Rasen.

New access would be created to the site off Legsby Road.

Council officers have recommended that the plans are given the green light, and West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee will have the final say next week.