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Pegasus Life withdraws appeal for Lyndhurst Park Hotel site

Pegasus Life withdraws appeal for Lyndhurst Park Hotel site

PUBLISHED ON: 21 DECEMBER 2018

Planning inspectors have confirmed that an appeal against a planning refusal for a controversial scheme at the Lyndhurst Park Hotel site has now been withdrawn.

The Government’s Planning Inspectorate notified the New Forest National Park Authority on 20 December that Winchester-based Pegasus Life had withdrawn its appeal and the public inquiry, due to start on 29 January, was cancelled.

A planning application for 75 retirement flats and 15 affordable homes submitted by Pegasus Life was rejected by the Authority in December 2017.

Steve Avery, Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘No reasons have been given as to why Pegasus Life decided to withdraw its appeal at such a late stage.

‘This has obviously incurred a lot of unnecessary time and expense for the Authority in preparing for a significant public inquiry which Pegasus Life asked for and was due to open in only a few weeks. We will be looking to recover our costs in full from Pegasus Life for the appeal work.’

Mr Avery said the Authority does not know what the intentions of Pegasus Life are now for the former hotel.

The National Park Authority has set out in its draft Local Plan a policy that supports a more modest redevelopment of this landmark site whilst seeking to retain the historic elements of the existing hotel building. The draft Local Plan was the subject of a public examination last month and the Authority is awaiting the Planning Inspectors’ final report on its proposed policies.

Mr Avery added: ‘We are looking forward to more appropriate and less intensive proposals being put forward for the site which are more in line with the policies set out in our emerging draft Local Plan.’

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Notes to editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect – Enjoy – Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park – Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contact:
Hilary Makin
Communications Manager
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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