10:17AM, Friday 05 February 2016
A FORMER holiday homeowner at a riverside caravan park has been left feeling ‘angry and disappointed’ at the borough’s decision to approve its redevelopment.
Members of the town’s urban development control panel gave the go-ahead to plans to replace 51 caravans at Tingdene Racecourse Caravan Park, in Maidenhead Road, Windsor, with 39 ‘up-market’ timber lodges.
The plans, submitted by Tingdene Parks Ltd, were approved unanimously by panel members at the meeting on Wednesday at Royal Windsor Racecourse.
Cllr Michael Airey (Con, Clewer South) said the new lodges would be a ‘welcome addition’.
But Sharron Davies, who used to own a caravan at the park, said councillors had not considered the ‘human side’ of the application.
After the meeting, she said: “These guys are looking at the legal side of it but there’s the human side of it that hasn’t been addressed.
“To see it not even discussed tonight is disappointing.
“They’re [Tingdene Parks Ltd] saying it’s going to be a higher class of holidaymakers using the site. Thanks a lot.”
In its application to the borough, Tingdene bosses said the redevelopment would attract more holidaymakers to Windsor and encourage repeat visits to Windsor Racecourse Marina.
After announcing its intentions to redevelop the park last year, Tingdene issued eviction notices to caravan owners in September, giving them three months to leave the site.
This left many of them facing the prospect of having to sell their holiday homes for a fraction of their original value.
Sharron said she sold hers for £1,000 after it had initially cost her £20,000.
“It’s just destroyed the community and I’m really angry,” said Sharron.
The new timber lodges are expected to cost more than £300,000.
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