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The site of Wales lodges in ‘caravans for tourists who want bingo and booze’

When it comes to submitting planning documents, this is probably not the best way to get support from officials.

Describe the existing tourist offer in North Wales as “a multitude of caravans aimed at tourists in search of bingo and alcohol”.

Unsurprisingly, the campsite’s lodge proposal was rejected by planners at Flintshire Council, NorthWalesLive reports.

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This is the second time the North Wales campsite has lost its bid to build luxury holiday cottages on a site between Holywell and Prestatyn.

In December 2021, Ynys Hir Farm had its plans to build 17 luxury lodges on its rural site in Picton knocked down.

A new proposal was submitted a month later, in January 2022, for a reduced number of 10 lodges. This too was refused.

Mold County Hall, the offices of Flintshire County Council

A planning document addressed to Flintshire Council by agents Life in Architecture said: ‘The epitome of coastal luxury with views of Wirral and Hilbre Island, Ynyshir Farm wants to offer North Wales something more than the disguised bolted caravan.

“Currently North Wales holiday parks are limited in range and variety, we have a host of caravans aimed at tourists who want bingo and booze.”

The document continues: “North Wales is an economic superpower in caravanning and camping holidays.”

It is claimed that the proposed scheme would generate half a million pounds a year for the local North Wales economy.

“The proposal will further increase our high quality facility; the cabins would go a long way in raising the standards offered in the region, where other types lack the traditional feel of real wood,” he added.

“All of our log cabins are made from good quality kiln-dried Nordic spruce, which comes from responsibly and sustainably managed forests.”

But Flintshire council officers rejected the plans as they were not won over by the unflattering description offered by Life in Architecture.

Yet one NorthWalesLive reader, with the nom-de-plume forestdragon, commented: ‘The lodges are much prettier than the ubiquitous caravans.’

Another said: ‘Surely it’s time to stop producing temporary structures like caravans that turn into scrap metal, and only produce long lasting durable homes.’