A NEW holiday park proposed at a tourist hotspot in Gower has had a cool reception from Swansea Council planning officers.

Holiday lodges, static caravans, touring and tent pitches, an events field and a public car park were put forward as part of a pre-application enquiry by a company called Sutton Hospitality Consultants UK.

The site comprises eight hectares of agricultural land above Port Eynon, off the A4118.

A document submitted to the council on behalf of Sutton Hospitality Consultants said the holiday park would be designed to minimise any visual impact and retain the special characteristics of the area.

“The development will bring a tourism boost to the area providing high-quality accommodation and provide a much-needed resource in the area by the way of additional parking for the village of Port Eynon,” it said.

Council planning officers said no new static caravans were allowed in the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Their report in response to the pre-application enquiry also said the proposal would also have a “significant visual impact” on the area.

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The report’s findings do not prevent the developer from submitting a full planning application, but a number of other reports including a transport statement would need to be provided.

Port Eynon Community Council opposed the holiday park proposal, as did the Gower Society.

South Gower is a tourism hotspot with several caravans and camping sites and visitors are returning to the area as the coronavirus restrictions ease.

Gower councillor Richard Lewis said he was aware of the holiday park proposal for Port Eynon.

“My own view is that I would rather upgrade what we have got than have new ones coming in,” he said.

“We have got enough caravan sites in Swansea.”

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