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Landford Parish Council objects to Green Hill Farm campsite's changes



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LANDFORD Parish Council has joined residents opposing a local campsite's plans to axe touring places to bring in more lodge-style accommodation.

The public consultation over the proposals at Green Hill Farm attracted 64 letters of support but 206 objections – which have now been added to by parish councillors.

Members held a meeting attended by around 30 residents, and has registered its opposition with the national park authority, which will make the final decision.

Green Hill Farm wants to add glamping tents and static caravans to the site
Green Hill Farm wants to add glamping tents and static caravans to the site

The council's statement accused the scheme of going against NPA planning policy and said: "Although it can be argued that the number of holiday units has not increased from the current allowances, the proposed change from touring caravans to static caravans will greatly increase the ground area needed for these numbers.

"As a result, the previously permitted caravan and camping site is being extended in all directions into undeveloped land, some of which was recently used as agricultural land."

As reported in the A&T, Green Hill Farm, owned by Lovat Parks, wants to install 174 static caravans, which includes retaining 60 already present.

The new caravans would take the place of 130 existing touring and camping pitches. The site would also add eight safari tents, four glamping pods and four shepherd huts.

Those backing the changes said it would boost employment and result in less traffic due to fewer touring caravans and campervans. But opponents fear more traffic, littering and pollution.

A decision is expected to be made by the authority in the new year.



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