Council and residents have different views on proposed tourist site

Plans for a caravan and motorhome campsite on the outskirts of Herne Bay are set to be given the green light before the end of September despite almost two-hundred letters from angry residents.

The scheme has been submitted by Heymar Leisure and when completed will boast facilities including a club house, reception building, toilet and shower block and eleven log cabins all on site adjacent to Whitstable Road. The site will also cater for holiday makers holding motorhome insurance cover as there will be sixty pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. Bosses at the leisure company, submitted a similar application in March but withdrew it to make changes they hoped would assuage local resident’s fears. They believe that the development will not just boost the local economy it will also create seasonal jobs during the busy holiday months from April to August. They believe their changes to the plan will respect and maintain the open character of the area.

However, the new application has still drawn objections from the Residents’ Association and local Councillor Peter Lee who argued the scheme will affect the green areas between Herne Bay and Whitstable and set an unwanted precedent for all future developments. Residents are concerned about traffic, noise and pollution from holiday-makers, and they are worried it may be used by travellers or squatters rather than holidaymakers. Letters of support have also been sent to the council’s planning department from locals and holiday makers welcoming the development.

Planning Officer Ben Young said: “On balance this is a suitable and relatively sustainable location for the provision of a touring caravan and motorhome campsite on the edge of an urban area. The likely implications of the development would not be such that it would cause unacceptable harm and I recommended that planning permission should be granted.”