New clubhouse and swimming pool for Paignton holiday park

Torbay Weekly

A revamped clubhouse with a new indoor swimming pool is one of the new features coming to Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton.

Torbay Council’s planning committee has agreed to proposals for improvements so it can meet 'modern holidaymaker demands'.

The business, on Dartmouth Road, currently has more than 200 holiday caravans and lodges.

Alongside the new indoor pool will be a bar and restaurant area, raised outside decking and staff accommodation.

The existing Smugglers Inn restaurant will make way for two new holiday apartments.

An outside swimming pool will be filled in and replaced by four static caravans.

The application went to Torbay Council because the park is built on land it owns.

The holiday destination is run by Park Holidays UK Ltd, an East Sussex-based company with 42 holiday parks across the UK.

Planning consultant Ian Butter told the council that the new facilities were essential for meeting 'modern holidaymaker demands'.

He said: “The effects of Brexit and, more recently, Covid restrictions have reinforced the staycation market. Holiday parks have been at the vanguard of the delivery of sustainable tourism accommodation throughout these changing times.”

Councillor Jacqueline Thomas, who supported the application, said: “With staycations due to the pandemic firmly on the increase and Torbay enjoying increasing numbers particularly, we need to make sure our standards are kept high, which has a positive knock-on effect for the economy.

“If you don’t update, improve and modernise facilities for your guests then they’ll stay elsewhere or, even worse, in another resort."

Councillor Dave Thomas said: “It’s a case of modernise and thrive or relax, sit back on your laurels and fail.”

There were some concerns about drainage on the new development. One of the criteria for approval is that the park meets the flood risk standards set by council officers.

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