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Local Authority Buys Camp Site to stop Static Caravans Ruining the Landscape

Mobile home owners with motorhome insurance are delighted that a camping site has been bought by the Peak District National Park Authority in order to help prevent harm to the landscape. Residents in Foolow urged the local authority to take action after Tingdene Parks announced their intention to change the style of the park by placing static caravans on the site.

Fourteen years ago when planning permission for the site was first approved the intention was to have a campsite for touring caravans and motorhomes only. However, last year the owners won a planning appeal after they found that the wording of the original planning permission notice did not stop static caravans from being placed on the site. After listening to the concerns of local residents about the visual impact of static caravans on the landscape the local authority took the decision to buy the site for £665,000.

Once the sale has been finalised the Peak District National Park Authority intend to use a Discontinuance Order to ban the right to put static caravans on site. They will then put the site up for sale with the new owners using it solely as a touring caravan and motorhome site. The authority will also make a planning application to put additional facilities on the site, such as a toilet block.

Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said “We shared the concerns of local people that the planned move to change the caravan site from one for touring caravans to a site housing static park style homes would have had a huge impact on the landscape dominating views of the area over some distance. I want residents and visitors to the area to know that this move ensures that park homes or other static caravans will not be allowed on the site. The price was agreed using advice from the District Valuer and we will seek to recoup as much of that back as possible from selling the site on as a touring caravan site.”

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