Beadnell Holiday Homes , Northumberland

Beadnell is a “honey pot” tourist and second home destination which brings both benefits and disadvantages to the area. Particular problems are caused by traffic congestion and parking at peak times, access to the beach is inadequate and particular conflicts may arise between user groups, such as those who undertake a variety of water sports and more passive users. The proposals for this development have been developed to provide for increased demand for high quality tourism facilities, to improve visitor attraction and choice, to effectively manage conflicting tourism interests and to enhance the local economy in a sustainable and sensitive way.

The holiday village will offer private holiday accommodation within a secure environment and contribute high quality housing and landscaping design to the fabric of the existing village. The proposals include a new public visitors centre, with cafe, meeting rooms, public toilets, changing facilities for the local water sport activities, as well as a significant public car park and bus drop-off point.

The 40 holiday dwellings on the site have been designed to have a contemporary English seaside touch. This style will create a character specific to the area whilst using the language of traditional seaside building vernacular. Sustainable building design maximising southerly aspects and incorporating latest techniques in energy efficiency and waste minimisation will prevail. All of the accommodation will be set within safe, quiet pedestrian zones interconnected by path and cycle ways.

The proposed landscape aspires to reinstate the original landscape ecology and profile of this dramatic and protected coastline. The landscaping and sculpting will be designed to give a sense of identity to a predominately flat area, reflecting the sand dunes which form part of the natural landscape. Planting will include species suited to the coastal environment as well as offering seasonal interest, colour and texture to the site.