North East Lincolnshire Council

Humberston Fitties update

A number of assurances have been given by the preferred bidder for the Humberston Fitties chalet park during talks with North East Lincolnshire Council for the site’s long leasehold disposal.

Tingdene, one of the country’s largest park owners and operators was revealed at the end of March as the preferred bidder for the Humberston Fitties chalet park.

Tingdene own and operate more than 40 other UK residential park home estates, inland marinas, caravan, lodge and chalet parks across the country and are now in negotiation with the Council for the long leasehold disposal of the Fitties.

As part of the negotiations, Tingdene has made the following proposals to the sustainable growth of the Fitties:

  • Enter into long leasehold agreements (minimum of five years) with existing owners, providing protection to the superior landlord, (NELC) the landlord, (Tingdene) and the tenant under the Landlord and Tenant Act
  • Ensure each property lease is registered with HM Land Registry
  • Operate a service charge that follows the RICS Code of Practice and the requirements of the Landlord and Tenant Act
  • Ensure that all applicable enactments are complied with by the landlord and the tenant
  • Provide investment to make sure the park meets modern standards and ensure complete compliance with fire safety, traffic management and flood management
  • Provide transparency and ensure an excellent standard of estate management is maintained
  • Identify and address existing issues and manage the expectations of all stakeholders
  • Ensure compliance and full regard is adopted by all parties on matters relating to conservation
  • Operate the recharging of services where applicable (water, electricity etc) under the published rules of Ofwat and Ofgem.

Paul Spriggins, director of Tingdene said:

“We recognise the significant investment already made by chalet owners, that investment along with our own proposed inward investment must be protected, we aim to provide a level of estate management that ensures compliance with relevant legislation and guidelines that is fair and reasonable to all parties.

“We reiterate our intention to consult with chalet owners, however we must ensure our proposals can be fully adopted before doing so, in this regard it is vital that the legal process is fully completed prior entering any formal consultation period.”

Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for Finance, Community Assets, Governance and Tourism, North East Lincolnshire Council, added:

“We wanted to provide an update to Fitties tenants and reassure them that we’ve chosen a company with a proven track record in this area.

“Negotiations are ongoing but, given the unique nature of the Fitties, we felt an update was timely and demonstrates that the company proposes to operate the park in line with best practice for such places.

“Chalet owners have nothing to fear from a change in ownership and indeed should welcome the commitment Tingdene has so far shown to making the most of the site and its future.”

Cabinet members selected the preferred bidder after the site was marketed last year. The matter was deferred for further scrutiny after a full council meeting earlier in February and members of the joint scrutiny panels recommended to approve the offer.

Names of businesses and organisations who submitted bids were removed from the reports before they were presented to full council, the joint scrutiny panels and also to cabinet.

Founded in 1969 the Tingdene Group of companies first established itself as the leading Park Home manufacturer in the country and since then has expanded its range of operations into becoming one of the UK’s largest operators and owners of residential Park Homes Estates, Inland Marinas, Caravan Parks, Lodge Parks and Chalet Parks. For more details visit www.tingdene.net.

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