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Shorefield Holidays launches new bid to relocate caravans to land east of West Road

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A MILFORD holiday park has launched a fresh bid to secure the licence it needs to relocate 30 static caravans to land it owns near a nature reserve.

Shorefield Holidays has applied to New Forest District Council for a lawful use certificate to retain the existing use of land to the east of West Road for 30 static caravans.

It argues the operation was endorsed in a 2007 lawful development certificate relating to the same piece of land.

Shorefield County Park (picture: Google)
Shorefield County Park (picture: Google)

However, a lawful use certificate application for the siting of 30 caravans was refused by NFDC in 2018. Following a public inquiry, the refusal was upheld by a government inspector earlier this year.

Now Shorefield has launched a new bid to overturn these decisions, amid claims that concessions made during the public inquiry demonstrated the land is part of the overall caravan site which was included in an operator’s site licence.

A spokesperson for Shorefield said: “Shorefield Holidays’ application follows the recent inspector’s decision, which confirmed that the site benefits from planning permission for use as a caravan site.

“The lawful development certificate (LDC) seeks to conclusively confirm the inspector’s judgement which would allow New Forest District Council to grant a caravan site licence specifically for the application site.

“The LDC application procedure is about points of law, it does not require consideration of any technical implications of the development and the presence within the green belt is not relevant.

“Notwithstanding this, however, the site has been used for open storage ancillary to Shorefield Country Park. The laying out of the land with static caravans will not diminish the green spaces around its fringes and the contribution to local ecological interest that these may provide.

“The development would not see the loss of trees or hedgerow and will provide opportunities for new planting and enhancement. The use will tidy up and bring into best functional use the land parcel which will enhance its relationship with the rest of Shorefield Country Park and preserve its rural setting.”

However, several West Road residents have objected to the plans with environmental concerns. One wrote: “The application to allow for 30 caravans on the West Road side has been legally scrutinised on many occasions and the conclusion reached on these legal arguments has been not to allow the siting of the caravans.

“Surely the best arguments that Shorefield had were their first ones. Clutching and straws spring to mind.”

Another wrote: “Shorefield Holidays has applied and failed on several occasions to develop this site. The most recent full planning application was in November 2014, which sought to change the use from open storage to site 27 caravans.

“This site is on the edge of a nature reserve that would be impacted by any subsequent operational development and would challenge its fragile ecology.

“Its impact on the openness of the green belt, which is enjoyed by many, would far outweigh any benefit to the local environment.”

A decision is expected soon.

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