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Expansion of caravan site in Lincolnshire finally gets planning consent

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

Approval has been granted for 30 touring caravans on part of the former RAF Spilsby site.

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A CARAVAN site which has been used without full planning permission in the past, now has approval for 30 touring caravans.

Henry Smith of Meadowlands, Great Steeping, received planning consent to use land for the siting of 30 touring caravans, two amenity blocks which have already been built and to continue to use land for the outdoor storage of caravans.

The site, which was previously part of RAF Spilsby, is occupied by eight lodges which are permitted for holiday purposes and a five-van certified site which loops around a small lake, which is already permitted.

The remainder of the site is made up of large grassed areas where touring pitches are already sited.

Peter Siddon, who lives in one of the lodges, opposed the application, claiming the applicant has a track record for non-compliance with planning regulations.

He also claimed: "In my view, the officer's recommendation for approval is to put to bed the planning enforcement issue."

Henry Smith said he and his partner bought the park 12 years ago and it is designed for people aged over 50.

He said: "We are supporting the local economy and we are not looking at having a vast expansion but we do want to make it better as the park has hardly changed in the last seven or eight years."

Some councillors raised issues about the toilet and shower amenities with Councillor Laura Stephenson saying more should be provided.

Councillor Phil Kemp said: "I see the site as a bleak place and I wonder what the attraction is apart from isolation. There are quite limited resources and the site itself does not offer much and where it is situation, there is not a great deal."

Councillor Steve O'Dare, who supported a recommendation of approval, said: "A lot of caravan people are attracted to the peace and quiet. Not every site needs a swimming pool and shops."

The application was approved by 10 votes to three.

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