Opposition is growing to plans for 94 holiday lodges at Highbullen.

A lively parish council meeting on Monday at Chittlehamholt saw more than 100 people attend and a public vote of 74 against and four in favour.

Highbullen Hotel, Golf & Country Club has lodged a planning application seeking to create a mix of apartments, luxury lodges and tree house lodges.

Developers say it would bring another 40 jobs to the area, with owner Frank Chapman seeking to build on the £5million he has already invested into the site.

But resident James Steele-Kendrick said villagers had a number of concerns, the main one being the extra traffic they fear the development would create.

“It will more than double the residential units within Chittlehamholt; this, combined with the recent building of the 400 capacity ‘Palazzo’ conference/wedding venue on the same site, will inevitably increase the number of visitors’ cars and large service vehicles using the local roads,” he said.

“Currently Highbullen Hotel is mostly accessed via the B3226; from which visitors turn into the steep, single track, two way road, known as Newlands Hill.

“I don’t think people are against the chalets, it’s just the number of them.”