Council cease action over former holiday camp used to house agricultural workers


Enforcement action over the housing of agricultural workers at South Downs Holiday Village will not be taken further, Chichester District Council has revealed.

The decision comes after the management agents, Cre8, submitted a change of use planning application for the Bracklesham site, to allow them to use it to accommodate the workers.

A petition signed by more than 2,000 residents opposing the arrival of the workers hit the headlines after the holiday camp closed in January. It was bought by housing developer Seaward Properties for £2.5million, with 120 workers moved in as part of a joint venture between Cre8 and recruitment firm Pro-Force.

A Chichester District Council statement reads: “Just over a month ago, we were made aware that the South Downs Holiday Village was being used to accommodate agricultural workers.

“Following our investigations, we issued a Breach of Condition Notice on the management agents, Cre8, and the owners, Seaward Properties. This required the management agents, Cre8, to stop using the holiday accommodation for residential purposes within 28 days (from the day the notice was served).

“The management agents, Cre8, have now submitted a planning application for a change of use of the site, to allow them to use the site to accommodate agricultural workers. This was received within the 28 day notice period.

“As a consequence, it would not be expedient to pursue further enforcement action at this stage. Further action will therefore be held in abeyance pending the decision on the planning application.

“The planning application, once validated, will appear on our website and will be available for the public to view and comment on. It will be given careful consideration by the council and will follow the normal planning application process.”

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