The £9m holiday village planned for Great Ayton

Exciting proposed development for Great Ayton has been unveiled by Thirsty Thursday friends at Angrove Country Park.

This is how a new £9m “green” holiday village planned for Great Ayton will look.

An artist’s impression of Angrove Country Park has been released after plans were submitted to Hambleton District Council.

A public consultation into the proposals, by local farmer Alan Petch, was held in August this year.

Plans have now been changed to cut the number of chalets, enhance landscaping and increase tree planting after concerns were raised over the scale of the development and the impact on nearby properties.

The proposed 179-chalet park will now have 48 fewer chalets than first suggested.

The park is planned for rural land to the south west of Great Ayton, between the A173 and Yarm Lane.

The scheme also includes plans for fishing ponds and a central hub providing café, cycle hire and administrative support.

A consultant report suggests the development could create up to 160 new jobs on site and in the local economy.

Other changes to the plans will see around 14 acres of tree planting and over 1km of new hedgerow planting to reinstate the traditional ancient hedgerows and field boundaries.

Various green energy and transport plans have also been put forward, including supporting plans for cycle path between Stokesley and Great Ayton; a shuttle bus service from the site to Great Ayton and Stokesley; facilities to collect visitors from Great Ayton train station and improvements to the existing bus stops along the road.

Solar power generation and ground source heating aim to provide renewable energy for the park.

Steve Hesmondhalgh, planning consultant on the proposal, said: “We’re grateful for the input of all the local people who took the time to come and view the proposals in August and provide us with their feedback.

“We appreciate the concern around the scale of the development and the proximity of some of the chalets to nearby residences and on the overall visual impact of the scheme.

“We’ve taken on board people’s comments and we feel that the proposal we are now putting forward represents a real benefit to the area and the rural economy around Great Ayton and Stokesley.

“We have reduced the number of chalets, taking them away from the edge of the site and neighbouring properties, creating a more spacious environment and we’ve incorporated around 50% more planting, to help reduce the visual impact and improve ecological benefits.”

No date has been set for when Hambleton District Council will rule on the application.