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Lakeminster battle: End of the road

It appears the fight by residents living at the Lakeminster Park caravan site in Hull Road, Woodmansey, is finally over with the news that former resident Alan Coates will not be appealing against a ruling by the Court of Appeal last month. That ruling supported an original decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to refuse planning permission for park residents to live on the site all year round.

Although many park residents have left since the planning wrangle first surfaced five years ago, others have clung to the hope that they will be allowed to stay, claiming they bought chalets on the understanding they had permanent residency. East Riding Council say the original permission was granted on the basis that the homes were for holiday purposes only.

The council threatened to evict remaining residents in March last year but the move was put on hold pending the outcome of continuing legal challenges. Now that process seems to have come to an end. A spokesman for East Riding Council said: “The council will continue with its enforcement action against Lakeminster Park Ltd. The council has, and will continue to offer support to those living on the site with many already taking up offers of accommodation from this council, from other councils or by making private arrangements. The council is urging those who have yet to make alternative housing arrangements to do so and the council’s housing service can be contacted to discuss their housing need.”