Council objects to caravan site plans

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A PARISH council has objected to plans to build a touring caravan site in a village.

Councillors in Badwell Ash confirmed their stance after discussing the proposals for a 40-pitch park in Westley Way at a special planning meeting.

Their reasons, which included concerns about traffic, lighting and the potential impact on wildlife, will be passed on to Mid Suffolk District Council, which will make a decision.

The debate on Monday night followed a public meeting, where about 70 residents heard from the applicant Brian Sutton and agent Elwood Landscape Design (ELD).

Mr Sutton wants 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 vehicular access point.

After listening to residents’ views on the application, the parish council debated the plans and announced its objection.

Councillors felt the ‘land was not accurately described in the application’ as ‘it’s actually agricultural land’.

Councillors also felt an issue raised by the applicant about the safety of the lake associated with people swimming in it was not a planning issue.

During the public meeting, Ruth Elwood, director of ELD, said there would be low level bollard lighting around a loop road which would ‘not be discernable’. The land would ‘maintain a good woodland character which will mitigate any light impact from the caravans’.

On the traffic, she said ‘it’s highly unlikely we are going to get 40 caravans arriving or dispatching at any one time’.

Regarding the lake, Mr Sutton said police had attended and an officer ‘quoted it as being a tragedy waiting to happen’. On the agricultural land issue, he said ‘it won’t grow anything’.