Blur star Alex James leads revolt against 'cynical' holiday chalet park ... trends now

Blur star Alex James leads revolt against 'cynical' holiday chalet park ... trends now
Blur star Alex James leads revolt against 'cynical' holiday chalet park ... trends now

Blur star Alex James leads revolt against 'cynical' holiday chalet park ... trends now

Blur bassist Alex James has redoubled his efforts at the head of a very well-heeled revolt against his neighbours 'cynical' holiday chalet park expansion that threatens his very big house in the country, as she appeals against the original refusal.

James, 55, claims his neighbour’s plan to install 12 holiday caravans next to his 200-acre farm in the posh Cotswold village of Kingham will be ‘a huge poke in the eye’ for the 25,000 people who attend his Big Feastival event every year.

The rocker turned cheesemaker - is leading a group of well-heeled locals in a long-running bid to stop building on the border of his 200-acre farm in the posh Cotswold village of Kingham.

James claims the plans for a dozen, four-metre-tall wooden chalets would be ‘a huge slap in the eye’ for the 25,000 people who attend his Big Feastival event every year at his home near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Alex James has redoubled his efforts at the head of a very well-heeled revolt against his neighbours holiday chalet park expansion that threaten his very big house in the country, as she appeals against the original refusal

Alex James has redoubled his efforts at the head of a very well-heeled revolt against his neighbours holiday chalet park expansion that threaten his very big house in the country, as she appeals against the original refusal

James claims the plans for a dozen, four-metre-tall wooden chalets would be ¿a huge slap in the eye¿ for the 25,000 people who attend his Big Feastival event every year

James claims the plans for a dozen, four-metre-tall wooden chalets would be ‘a huge slap in the eye’ for the 25,000 people who attend his Big Feastival event every year

The millionaire musician has told planners in West Oxfordshire: ‘You simply can’t hide 12 massive caravans and all the associated tarmac for parking and vehicle movements

‘The harmful visual impact caused to the landscape quality and character of this part of the AONB would be a huge slap in the eye for all the visitors and national and international media who attend The Big Feastival or anyone using the footpath, the bridleway or the road

‘Most worryingly this is likely the thin end of a very thick wedge. Bluewood has acquired more land and will doubtless seek to plonk more caravans on it: many more - around 150 if you do the maths.'

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, right, Jeremy Clarkson, left, and James met up at a local festival organised by rock musician Alex James

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, right, Jeremy Clarkson, left, and James met up at a local festival organised by rock musician Alex James

Local councillors in West Oxfordshire previously overruled the official recommendation to grant Bluewood Lodges 12 more chalets on the site, which is in an Area Of Natural Beauty (AONB)

Local councillors in West Oxfordshire previously overruled the official recommendation to grant Bluewood Lodges 12 more chalets on the site, which is in an Area Of Natural Beauty (AONB)

Mrs Cochrane-Edwards has now appealed to the Secretary of State to try and overturn the local council¿s decision and grant permission for the new chalets

Mrs Cochrane-Edwards has now appealed to the Secretary of State to try and overturn the local council’s decision and grant permission for the new chalets

Quoting Joni Mitchell's song Big Yellow Taxi, he added: ‘There is no support for this scheme locally: None. It’s tantamount to paving paradise and putting up a parking lot.’

But Rachel Cochrane-Edwards, 57, who runs Bluewood Lodges, blasted Mr James’s objections as ‘factually incorrect’.

Local councillors in West Oxfordshire previously overruled the official recommendation to grant Bluewood Lodges 12 more chalets on the site, which is in an Area Of Natural Beauty (AONB).

Mrs Cochrane-Edwards has now appealed to the Secretary of State to try and overturn the local council’s decision and grant permission for the new chalets.

She did not respond to requests for comment but a report from agents Savills added: ‘We did provide a reply as there were a number of factual inaccuracies contained within the letter.’

It added: ‘The park is arguably one of the highest quality holiday lodge parks in the UK and has won several accolades

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