Lightwater Valley, Ripon Lightwater Valley, Ripon

RPS has secured long-awaited approval for a development of 106 holiday lodges to complement one of the UK’s largest theme parks.

It had not been an easy approval for client Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd; a previous proposal had been rejected by Harrogate Borough Council and a subsequent appeal turned down. RPS was appointed to examine and address the previous reasons for refusal and prepared and submitted revised plans last year.

Some parts of the site had been considered unsuitable for lodge development by the Inspector and we reconfigured the layout to address this. The revised submission was bolstered by an extensive focus on consultation with local authorities and statutory consultees, and a public exhibition, to ensure local interests and concerns were answered. We also made representations to the Borough’s Core Strategy to secure a more favourable policy for rural tourism. RPS secured a unanimous vote in favour of this major tourism development.