Planners reject caravan scheme

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CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a touring caravan site in a village have been rejected by planning bosses.

The 40-pitch park, in Westley Way, Badwell Ash, with a warden’s office, two sanitary block units, access loop roads and new entrance for vehicles, was refused by officers at Mid Suffolk District Council.

The move has been welcomed by residents, who feared the development, which was sought by Brian Sutton and Son on a former sand and gravel pit, would increase noise, road and light pollution.

Clare Morgan Hare, who was chairman of the Badwell Ash Community Forum when the application was lodged and organised a public meeting on the issue, said: “I’m delighted the council has agreed with the majority of the residents that this development was wholly inappropriate for the area.”

Among the reasons for refusal, the council said the site would ‘adversely affect the established open landscape character’.

Officers felt that visitors to the park would be reliant on their cars, which would ‘unacceptably harm rather than enhance the character of the countryside’.

They also noted that the application documents ‘fail to satisfactorily demonstrate’ the proposals would not have an adverse or unacceptable impact on species including sand martin, lapwing, skylarks, kingfishers and bats.

Ruth Elwood, director of the applicant’s agent Elwood Landscape Design, said: “We are reviewing our position and we will be reviewing our application accordingly.”