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Chalet park homes win
6:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Echo News
RESIDENTS facing temporary homelessness will be allowed to live in their mobile homes all year round following a lengthy battle.
Up to 150 couples who own chalets at Hayes Leisure Caravan Park off Burnham Road, Wickford, were being forced to leave for up to three months every winter.
Manymoved to the caravan park, unaware holiday restrictions meant they were not allowed permanent residency.
Despite turning down two previous planning applications, Chelmsford councillors finally gave the proposals the go-ahead because of “very special circumstances”.
Howard Jones, park manager, said: “We supported the residents with a petition and are delighted they got what they want. When you get to a certain age you do worry, but it's awful to be told you have to leave the caravan park for a few months. Now they can breathe a sigh of relief.”
A year-round permit issued by the council will only apply to people living in fields five, six, seven and eight.
Holiday restrictions have not been lifted by Chelmsford Council in fields one, two, three and four, meaning some residents will still be made to leave the site in December, January and February.
Ray Ride, Tory councillor for Rettenden and Runwell, has supported residents in their long-running campaign.
He said: “This is an aging community and at the moment they are having to move out of their own homes for two months a year which causes a lot of problems.
“We now need to pursue a similar solution to those residents in fields one, two, three and four.”
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