Grange Caravan Site Expansion Proposal Rejected by Council

In a recent development, the Westmorland and Furness Council has refused a proposal for the expansion of the Low Fell Gate Caravan Site located off Cartmel Road in Grange, South Cumbria. The application, submitted by J & CA Wilkin, sought permission to transform agricultural land into a new campsite area, proposing an additional 60 pitches for tents and caravans.

The council’s decision to reject the proposal was primarily based on concerns regarding the potential encroachment into the open countryside. The refusal notice highlighted that the proposed expansion lacked robust justification and would lead to unacceptable impacts on the residential amenity of the area. Furthermore, the council expressed significant concerns over highway safety, citing that the increase in traffic would create conflicts between motorised and vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, on the narrow roads surrounding the site.

The existing caravan site currently accommodates 83 static caravans and lodges. The proposal aimed to address what was described as a ‘limited supply’ of campsite facilities on the Cartmel Peninsula, suggesting that the expansion would enhance the range of accommodation options available in the local area. The planning statement accompanying the application also outlined potential economic benefits, including increased customer spending, pitch fees, and the creation of local employment opportunities to manage the expanded site.

Despite these arguments, the plan encountered opposition from local residents and the Grange Over Sands Town Council. A total of 16 letters of objection were submitted, with concerns ranging from a lack of evidence supporting the need for the expansion to the absence of adequate public transport options. The council’s highways team also objected to the proposal, emphasising the traffic increase and the inadequacy of existing road and pedestrian infrastructure to support the expansion.

In light of these concerns, the Westmorland and Furness Council made the decision to refuse the application on March 15. The refusal underscores the council’s commitment to preserving the open countryside and ensuring the safety and amenity of its residents. The decision also reflects the importance of thorough planning and community consultation in the development of local infrastructure and amenities.

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