'We'll fight for homes' say pensioners facing eviction from Lakeminster Park
PENSIONERS fearing for their futures on an East Riding holiday park have vowed to appeal against council enforcement action.
More than 100 residents at Lakeminster Park, off Hull Road, in Woodmansey are being told their chalets are just holiday homes.
But East Riding Council says the enforcement notices it delivered last month do not mean people will be immediately evicted.
Residents have until November 13 to appeal.
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A meeting last week between council officers and residents spelled out what happens next.
Dave Foulstone, who lives on the park with his wife, Pam, said: "The meeting didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.
"We're intending to appeal and it will go to a public inquiry.
"I can't believe we're being treated like this."
The park licence says people can stay in their homes all year round but they must have another full-time address.
A retrospective planning application by Lakeminster Park developer William Flannigan to allow permanent occupancy without the need for residents having another address was rejected by East Riding Council in May.
Council officers said there are concerns over the risk of flooding at the site and the impact on residents of the construction of a bypass road nearby.
Residents have questioned why the flooding issue was not a block to their homes being built in the first place.
They have also asked why the bypass route will not be a problem for other Beverley homes it passes close to.
Lakeminster Park Ltd has until November to appeal against the planning decision but has not yet done so.
Residents wishing to appeal against the enforcement notice will have to pay £670 but the council says they can club together for a joint appeal, should they wish.
That is exactly what Mr Foulstone says will happen.
The authority says the appeal would suspend the enforcement proceedings and the issue would then be decided by an independent government planning inspector.
Shortly after the enforcement notices were delivered, an East Riding Council spokesman said: "The council is mindful the enforcement notices will be of concern to people at Lakeminster.
"However, given the clear breach of planning control, the strong objections by other agencies and risk of harm, the council considers it has no other option in the public interest but to take formal proceedings."
Lakeminster Park Ltd, the company behind the development, is being investigated by police following complaints about how the homes were marketed.
Many people sold up their homes and moved to the park, intending to live there full-time.
Humberside Police has confirmed an investigation is under way following an allegation of fraud.
Officers have been speaking to occupants of the homes at Lakeminster.
The investigation is continuing and is running separately to the planning process.