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Yorkshire Dales planners oppose caravan park homes scheme at Swaleview Caravan Park, near Richmond
A PROPOSAL for 20 holiday caravans to become permanent homes is facing opposition.
Planning officers at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) have recommended its planning committee rejects the scheme at Swaleview Caravan Park, in Reeth Road, near Richmond.
Owner Andrew Carter wants to alter planning conditions to allow the static vans to become permanent residencies.
A report on behalf of Swaleview Caravan Park by consultants GVA Hotels and Leisure said: “He (the applicant) believes that the residential occupation of a small number of caravans on the park as permanent residence will meet an important social housing need in the area.”
It added that the scheme would provide low-cost housing including smaller two-bedroom homes, suitable for the elderly.
The consultants say the proposal would not have any visual impact on the landscape.
But YDNPA planing officer David Thompson is advising permission be refused.
He said the scheme would result in residential development in open countryside and in a flood zone.
"The proposed development would result in the loss of holiday accommodation from an existing caravan park," he said in a report.
“This situation would reduce the amount of visitor accommodation within the national park and would be contrary to the second statutory purpose (of the park authority) which is to provide opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the designated area by members of the public.”
The Swaledale branch of the Campaign to Protection Rural England said it “strongly objected” to the scheme, saying it could set a precedent.
The Environment Agency also opposed the application saying residential use was inappropriate on a flood zone.
The national park authority planning committee will discuss the application at the park authority offices in Bainbridge on Tuesday, 10 September at 1pm.
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