New-build Humberston Fitties chalet owners must leave site for two months longer than others
OWNERS of new-build chalets on the Humberston Fitties will be forced to leave the site for two months longer than others, the Environment Agency has confirmed.
A precedent has been set after the planning inspectorate refused to allow one owner to stay on the site for the same 44-week period as others.
Michael Heeley rebuilt his chalet about four years ago, and part of its planning permission was a 16-week closed period, not the usual two months.
Mr Heeley, who lives in Sheffield, appealed but the council refused after the Environment Agency ruled the flood risk was too high.
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There is only one other chalet with the same condition, and it has prompted fellow Fitties residents to question how the site is run.
Steve Elliot, said: “That is terrible if he has two months less than everyone else, it isn’t fair at all. Everyone who has a chalet on the Fitties should be treated the same.
“Everyone should have the same leases and they should be allowed on the site for the same amount of time.”
The Environment Agency refused to recommend approval for the appeal because in the last five years, front line flood defences have been deemed “inappropriate” for this type of development.
An agency spokesperson said: “Our guidance as a statutory consultee for planning was for safety reasons there should be a condition on planning of a four-month closed season. This is in line with a consistent planning approach being taken along the east coast over the past five years as the front line flood defences are not appropriate for this type of development and with sea levels rising, there will be a greater risk of flooding.”
NELC stopped residents staying on the site for 50 weeks of the year following a two-day landmark hearing and years of campaigning.
During the hearing, the Environment Agency said the park would not receive planning permission if it was built today because the risk of flooding is too great.
Residents have received letters from NELC who will discuss changes to leases and opening and closed seasons soon.
They are also putting together a guide on what can and can’t be done on the Fitties.
To view the application, visit www.planning.nelincs.gov.uk