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Pre-Application Public Consultation 

Extension to Silvercove Holiday Park

Lands to the Immediate North & East of Silvercove Holiday Park, 98A Leestone Rd, Kilkeel

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We are inviting your views on a proposal for an extension to Silvercove Holiday Park prior to submitting an associated planning application to Newry, Mourne & Down District
 Council. The feedback received will help to inform the planning application that will be submitted to the Council later this year.



Milne Holiday Parks is a family run business that operates 4 holiday parks in Northern Ireland - Cranfield Bay, Mourneview, Shanslieve and Silvercove. All of the Milne Holiday Park sites are located along the Mounre Coastal Route.

Their site at Silvercove is a family orientated resort and includes a children's play park, football pitch, small shop and approximately 180 static caravans. It occupies a coastline location approximately 2 miles southeast of the small fishing town of Kilkeel and provides stunning views across the Irish Sea to the south and views of the Mourne Mountains to the north. The site is accessed of the Leestone Road via a gravel laneway that runs parallel to the shingle beach. 

Milne Holiday Parks now seek to extend the existing Silvercove Holiday Park to meet demand and provide additional capacity for the expanding tourism industry in the Mournes area.


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Application Site

The application site consists of reasonably flat land measuring 3.1ha and is located to the immediate north and east of the existing Silvercove Holiday Park. It predominantly comprises greenfield land but also overlaps the existing holiday park in places and includes a 600m access lane that connects Silvercove to Leestone Road. A small undesignated watercourse bounds the site to the west.

The site and surrounding lands have a history of sand and gravel extraction. As the consequence the site falls within a depression and is surrounded by higher land to the north, east and west, which screens the site from views along the Leestone Road (east) and Moor Road (west).  

The area around the application site generally depicts a dispersed rural character with single dwellings and agricultural buildings dispersed amongst the countryside. There are two dwellings in close proximity to the site at No's 103 and 105 Leestone Road and the Bignian View and Leestone Caravan Parks are located approximately 600m to the east at the end of the adopted Leestone Rd, adjacent to the coast. 

A copy of the site location plan can be viewed and downloaded below:


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Recent Planning History

Planning Permission LA07/2016/1126/F was granted on 18 Jan 2018 for: "Proposed caravan site adjacent to Existing Holiday Park, utilising existing Holiday Park Facilities" on land adjacent and east of Silvercove Caravan Park.

This scheme comprises 16 static caravan pitches, landscaping and a timber clad maintenance shed.

A copy of the approved site layout plan can be downloaded below:


The Proposal

The current draft of the proposal shows an extension to the north and east of the existing Silvercove holiday park, comprising:

- 50 new static caravan pitches
- The retention of 3no. existing static caravan pitches
- Landscaping & open space
- Pedestrian access into the existing holiday park
This scheme will form a natural extension to the Silvercove Holiday Park by wrapping around its north and eastern boundaries and by adjoining the additional caravans approved under LA07/2016/1126/F. Those staying in the new caravans will have full access to the existing facilities, such as the children's play area, football pitch and small shop. 

The site will be comprehensively screened from public view. However, new native species planting along the site boundaries and landscaping within the site will further assist with integrating the proposal within the receiving landscape.
A copy of the site layout plan can be viewed and downloaded below:

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We would appreciate any feedback you might have in response to the draft proposals. All your comments will be considered before the planning application is submitted to the Council.

Please email all comments to, or post to:
O'Toole & Starkey Ltd, Arthur House, 41 Arthur Street, Belfast, BT1 4GB
Please also get in touch if you would like any further information.  Our full contact details are below and on our Contact page. 

All comments should be provided before the end of 30 March 2022 to ensure they are given due consideration before submission of the formal planning application.

Next Steps

Following the conclusion of this pre-application public consultation, all comments will be reviewed. Once considered, relevant changes may be made to the development and all comments, including a summary of the key concerns and the applicant’s responses will be included in a Pre-Application Community Consultation Report.  This report will accompany the application submission.

Supporting technical and environmental documents will be finalised to accompany the application.  Once complete, the supporting documents and final proposed drawings will be submitted with the Pre-Application Community Consultation Report as a planning application to the Council for consideration and determination.

Once the application is validated, the Council will proceed with its own statutory consultation. The Council will notify the local community about the planning application process and explain how you can participate.

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