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Beach battle looms for entrepreneur Stephen Hammon

ENTREPRENEUR Stephen Hammon has hit a snag with his plan for a new adventure park along with what has been dubbed “the most central beach in England”.

ENTREPRENEUR Stephen Hammon has hit a snag with his plan for a new adventure park along with what has been dubbed “the most central beach in England”.

Work at the 160-acre site near Meriden has been halted by Nuneaton Borough Council under its planning powers. It said Mr Hammon had permission for a lake but not for new buildings he was proposing.

Councillor Mark Simpson added: “We have real concerns about the impact of the proposals on the green belt, highway safety and water pollution.”

He said Mr Hammon had been invited for talks with the council to try to resolve the issue. A Temporary Stop Notice has been put on the development work.

Mr Hammon, who runs a conference centre at Fillongley, has transported 1,500 tonnes of sand to the site to create a beach as part of a £1.4 million tourist attraction.

Called the Heart of England Adventure Park and Beach Resort, it is aimed to appeal mainly to Midland families with young children who fancy a trip to the seaside but cannot face the long car journey there and back.

Mr Hammon said he would not let “petty local bureaucracy” stand in the way of the official opening set for later this month. “We will fight them on the beaches!” he declared.

 

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