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Holiday Caravan Park Threatens UNESCO World Heritage Site, Residents Say

Published 13/12/2012

Britain’s only UNESCO natural world heritage site will be under threat if the planned expansion of a holiday caravan park is approved, local residents say.


Golden Cap holiday park’s plans have already caused controversy amongst local environmental groups, but the latest claims pose the biggest threat yet to the expansion proposals.


Golden Cap itself is an area of high ground on Dorset’s famous Jurassic coast. Located close to the town Chideock, the natural feature is one of the most popular tourist areas in the south west.


Owners of the holiday park, itself found at the foot of the famous hill, say that the expansion will benefit the local area and that the development is necessary to keep the park competitive in a difficult economic environment.


However, locals say that the plans will effectively create a “permanent new suburb”, causing irreparable damage to the ancient coastline;


"This development will produce a huge change to the environment and the community of Chideock and Seatown, creating what is in effect a mini-suburb on the border of the world heritage-listed Jurassic coast,” local resident Sarah Silcox told a reporter from the Guardian.


“The protections that we were assured were in place when world heritage status was given appear to be worthless in the face of the economic imperative.”


The plans include the construction of a 420 seat restaurant, 300 touring caravan and tent pitches and 300 new holiday lodges. West Dorset District Council, whose jurisdiction the development falls under, are currently in favour of the plans, but are planning to debate the expansion on Thursday December 13th.

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