A CRAFT centre owner is celebrating after receiving planning permission to build an 85-pitch touring caravan park on fallow fields at the site.
Lady Heyes Crafts and Antiques Centre director and owner Tony Faulkner has battled for three years to turn empty fields at the Kingsley Road, Frodsham, tourist hotspot into a caravan site, with washing and toilet facilities, and finally received confirmation this week.
He said: “Work will start next week and I hope to have it open by the end of September. The machinery is there and the funding is in place so it’s all ready to roll.
“We have got some of the best sights and views in Cheshire here, it’s the perfect place for a caravan site.
“There are so many things to do in the area, we couldn’t be better situated, there’s Delamere Forest, the Sandstone Trail, the River Weaver for jet-skiing, restaurants, pubs and shops nearby.
“I think it will be a great thing for the community. I’m doing it to bring more people in Lady Heyes, and Frodsham and Helsby.”
Mr Faulkner has seen previous caravan site proposals for the eight-acre field at the rear of Lady Heyes Farm rejected and deferred due to potential problems caused by extra traffic accessing the site.
With the country showing some signs of the recession ending, he hopes that more people will look to save money and spend their summer holidays in Britain.
“It will all be touring caravans, that’s the way we wanted it set up,” he added.
“The plan was for 140 caravans originally but we had to downsize it to 85.
“I have got to do it to take Lady Heyes forward.”
The arts and crafts centre already boasts the award-winning Stationhouse Brewery, The Rock Shop jewellers, Coco’s Play Barn children’s activity centre and much more.
For more information, visit www. ladyheyes.co.uk.