Residents object to 14 chalets proposed for Whitechapel

A chalet similar in style to the ones proposed for the holiday park at Bleasedale Road, Whitechapel
A chalet similar in style to the ones proposed for the holiday park at Bleasedale Road, Whitechapel
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Residents have been left angered by an application lodged to build 14 chalets in Whitechapel.

There is currently one chalet on the site to the rear of the Iron Works, off Bleasedale Road in Whitechapel.

But residents are objecting to the plans to expand the site and create a holiday complex.

Kelly Thompson, whose home overlooks the site said: “I am most certainly against the development.

“It will clearly been seen from Button street and at least five surrounding properties, not to add the public footpath which is sited on the proposed land on which the chalets will be built.”

Community representatives said they felt the chalets were sympathetically designed to fit with the rural landscape, and would generate employment in the area but this has been refuted by residents.

Speaking on behalf of residents Kelly added: “The impact would be massive. Traffic would increase, noise levels would increase, light pollution would increase dramatically, the community would suffer, the environment would be damaged and safety would be compromised.

“The increased noise in the area would impact on the wildlife, who would retreat from the area and not return.

“This in an area of AONB, which is designed to protect wildlife and their habitat.

Residents also claim that the level of crime would increase due to the holiday park.

“It will not be manned 24-hours a day, creating the potential for incidents when staff are not present which could seriously affect residents some of which are more elderly and vulnerable.

“With cut backs at the forefront of all sectors currently this increase in properties would put a massive strain on the current infrastructure and other emergency services.”