Holiday lodge plans on the cards for former quarry

South Lakeland Leisure Village.
South Lakeland Leisure Village.

Plans to build almost 140 new holiday lodges on a site near Lancaster are to go before councillors later this month.

Pure Leisure Estates Ltd have applied to allow the siting of 138 new holiday lodges on land across the road from South Lakeland Leisure Village, in Borwick Lane, Borwick.

South Lakeland Leisure Village, which is in the ownership of the applicant and has 175 lodges, a restaurant, bar and a health and leisure facility.

The site is a former sand and gravel quarry. Large scale extraction ceased about 10 years ago, although an area on site close to Borwick Lane is still used to screen and stockpile gravel and other materials. A building on site known as ‘The Villa’ is used as residential accommodation and offices for site staff at South Lakeland Leisure Village. Next to the building are caravans used for maintenance and storage, a touring caravan park, and three ponds managed for fishing.

The plans are for a change the use of the land for the siting of 138 holiday lodges.

Eight of the lodges would be located on the north west edge of an existing fishing lake within the central area of the site. The remainder of the units would be located to the north and west of the site in one large area sub-divided by circulation roads and areas of planting. A new access point would be created off Borwick Lane approximately 250m from its junction with the A6 and the roundabout, and a new recreation and play space would be provided between the new lodges and the existing developed part of the site adjacent to The Villa.

Council officers have recommended the proposals be refused when councillors meet on September 15.