Concerns over plans for caravan complex

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RESIDENTS have voiced their concerns over plans to build a touring caravan site in their village.

They fear the proposals for a 40- pitch park in Westley Way, Badwell Ash, would increase noise, road and light pollution.

However, the developers say the move will boost tourism and increase revenue within the local economy.

An application has been submitted by Brian Sutton and Son to Mid Suffolk District Council to set up the site on a former sand and gravel pit, which is now rough grassland with a lake.

The development includes a warden’s office, two sanitary block units, access loop roads and a new vehicle access point.

Villagers have raised their concerns about the potential impact.

Rachel Bolton, 40, of Westley Way, said: “One of the main things is the noise.

“There’s also concerns about the local wildlife with the light pollution.

“It’s going to create more traffic and there are quite a lot of horse riders in the village concerned about that.

“There’s one caravan park in Thurston and another proposed in Tostock so we question the need for another one.”

A statement from agent Elwood Landscape Design said Mr Sutton had ‘spent several years involving police to protect residents from the dangers associated with swimming in the lake’.

It added that the site would be for ‘responsible adults’ with ‘all activity monitored by a resident site warden’ and the ‘lake can be fished and protected from misuse’.

He said ‘vehicle movements would be negligible’, lighting is designed to have ‘minimal impact’ and there would be ‘a quiet environment with no significant noise’.

A public meeting for people to view the plans is at Badwell Ash Village Hall on Monday at 6.30pm.