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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Holiday complex likely to go-ahead

A HOLIDAY and leisure complex is likely to be built near Cleator Moor.

Plans have been submitted to develop land at Weddicar Hall and Mill, a derelict group of buildings off the road between Whitehaven and Frizington.

Members of Copeland’s planning panel were recommended by officers to give the development – which would have 19 holiday units, a leisure facility and manager’s accommodation – the green light when they met yesterday (Wednesday).

A new access way to the complex would be built which would include a bridge over Dub Beck and a wildlife habitat management plan would be formulated. There are also plans to provide 51 car parking spaces to serve the accommodation and a separate parking area for the leisure facility.

If agreed, all of the buildings which are on the site would be demolished and replaced with new structures, apart from the dairy block.

The new buildings would be arranged around a courtyard. The leisure facility would include hot tubs, changing rooms and a health and beauty unit. The facilities would only be used by people staying on the site.

Members of Arlecdon and Frizington Parish Council said they were concerned with the poor access to the site and expected extra traffic to use the winding road.

Two letters of objection have been submitted to the council from people living nearby.

Copeland councillors visited the Weddicar site last month as it has been classed as a ‘significant leisure development which raises a number of complex issues’.

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