Plan to store caravans in field opposed

PUBLISHED: 15:07 16 January 2016


Plans to create a storage area for touring caravans at Pooh Cottage Holiday Park have been recommended for refusal by district planners.

East Devon District Council’s development management committee will consider the planning application, to use an agricultural field to store up to 47 caravans during winter at the park in Bear Lane, at its meeting on Tuesday.

A report to the committee from the council’s planning department states: “While the applicant has sought to demonstrate the benefits of the scheme through additional income for the existing site, and continuity of service for clients, the site lies within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“In such an environment, which is given the highest level of landscape protection, development should be in the national interest or have sufficient justification while still protecting and preserving the environment.

“While economic benefits can help to justify a scheme, they are not considered in this instance to outweigh the concerns regarding the visual impact from the proposal and highway safety concerns from additional vehicle and caravan movements on a single-width carriageway.”

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