Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Decision time on plans to transform Knapp House into ‘woodland holiday park’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 23 January 2018

Knapp House in Northam.

Knapp House in Northam.


Controversial plans to transform Knapp House caravan site into a woodland holiday park are set to be decided on next month.

Dozens of people have been protesting against the plans for the site, which they claim was a historic battlefield from the ‘sequel’ to the Battle of Hastings.

The proposals for 58 new holiday lodges, a reception building and swimming pool were first submitted for the caravan site in March 2017.

Since then, dozens of objections have been lodged against the application, including from The Battlefields Trust.

Simon Marsh, Battlefields Trust research and threats coordinator, wrote to Torridge District Council to urge that a heritage impact assessment was carried out.

The proposals for the new holiday park at Knapp House in Northam. The proposals for the new holiday park at Knapp House in Northam.

He said: “Research undertaken by Nick Arnold and published in Transactions of the Devonshire Association 2015 under the title ‘The Defeat of the Sons of Harold in 1069’ suggests that the battle was fought in the vicinity of the proposed development.”

Mr Arnold, who made the discovery, said: “I am appalled by these plans.

“If they are approved we’ll be destroying the UK’s second Norman battlefield when the Bayeux Tapestry arrives.

“Protecting the battlefield boosts local business and safeguards beautiful countryside for future generations. It’s win-win for everyone.”

This map shows the boundaries of the planning proposals - which sit within the current caravan park at Knapp. This map shows the boundaries of the planning proposals - which sit within the current caravan park at Knapp.

Applicant Ashley Clements, who owns Knapp House with his brother Stuart, told the Gazette in March the development would create 15 full time equivalent jobs.

Ashley said it was time to ‘modernise’ the park and added: “We want to make these clear there are holiday lodges; they are not homes or second homes.

“We have also kept the allocation inside the boundaries of the existing caravan park; we didn’t encroach on other sites.

“Our overall feeling was to use the landscape we have got, we want a sort-of Centre Parcs feel to it.”

Knapp House has been used as a caravan park for the last 30 years, though for years has been subject of a planning battle to build a new marina.

The proposals for the ‘marina village’ were turned down by the planning inspector in 2015.

Mr Clements said they had ‘put those plans behind them’ and felt the holiday park would strengthen offerings for tourism in the region.

It is understood the proposals are set to come before Torridge District Council’s plans committee on Thursday, February 1.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:33

A Barnstaple A road has been blocked after a crash involving two vehicles.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:21

Bratton Fleming Village Stores is settling into its new home thanks to a huge effort from the community.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:04

South Molton Rugby Club has handed over more than £4,000 to the charity MIND in memory of their former team-mate.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:57

Will you be buying a EuroMillions ticket for tomorrow night’s draw? If so, you could be in with a chance at a £141million jackpot.

Read more
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Barnstaple photographer Tristan Clarkson highlights the beautiful side of Barnstaple with his camera - see more of his photos here.

Read more
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Big sound soul band Soul Intention will be performing to raise money for the hospital charity’s Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal on Saturday, February 24.

Read more
Saturday, February 17, 2018

People across North Devon felt the earth move today (Saturday) after an earth tremor hit the UK.

Read more
Saturday, February 17, 2018

An earthquake has been felt by people in Devon this afternoon.

Read more
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Check out this week’s gallery of photos sent in by Gazette readers through our image-sharing website iwitness24.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications