Plans for a £10 million holiday lodge park in Holsworthy, have been praised by Torridge District Council. Designed by local architectural practice, the Trewin Design Partnership, the project is subject to Government Office South West granting further perm

Plans for a £10 million holiday lodge park in Holsworthy, have been praised by Torridge District Council. Designed by local architectural practice, the Trewin Design Partnership, the project is subject to Government Office South West granting further permission and will provide significant benefits to the town. Based in Holsworthy, Trewin Design Partnership has designed a holiday park to develop the existing Simpson Barton Fishery.It will include the conversion of the traditional stone barns into amenity areas and a bar, plus extensions to form a restaurant and indoor swimming pool. Sixty-seven timber chalets will also be constructed and carefully sited into the south facing hillside. The extensive 134-acre grounds will be landscaped to reinforce the tranquil surroundings and create a picturesque environment. The former barns will also house a reception area, mini-mart, spa facilities and an entertainment room for visitors. The park's buildings will be constructed from a range of sustainable materials, including cedar wood and natural slate. Trewin Design Partnership is one of the leading architectural firms in the South West with extensive experience in mixed housing, retail developments and regeneration of rural and urban areas. Using contemporary design solutions, many of Trewin's projects focus on energy conservation and environmental impact. Architect and partner Alf Trewin said: "We are pleased that the scheme has the go ahead. It will have a major impact on the town and add further heritage to the town, with the opening up of an old railway line that will create a public footpath and cycle way. The 'Ruby Way' will complete the link from Holsworthy to Halwill in North Cornwall, allowing walkers and cyclists to enjoy the local countryside and wildlife." He continued: "Being based nearby, this particular scheme holds a special appeal to us and will add to our solid reputation for providing practical urban and rural design solutions that are sympathetic to the immediate environment." The existing fishery was last used as a camping and caravan site and purchased by Wilson Leisure Developments almost three years ago. Bill Wilson, managing director of Wilson Leisure Developments, said, "We hope that the park will increase the number of tourists to the area and put Holsworthy on the map as a beautiful holiday location with huge potential. I'm delighted that the development has been approved, as it will produce many opportunities including the creation of numerous jobs for the area. Although agriculture generates a major part of Holsworthy's revenue, we realised that there was a gap in the tourism industry that needed to be developed. The right kind of holiday park will attract visitors to the town, and in doing so, will increase trade for local businesses.