National Park planners say “Yes” to caravan site improvements

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Plans to improve a caravan site near Bakewell and extend its opening season have been approved by the Peak District National Park Authority.

The caravan site at Hopping Lane, Youlgrave has been run by the Camping and Caravanning Club for more than 40 years.

The planning committee’s decision allows the caravan site to open for an extra three months per year, from February 16 to January 5 the following year, with the condition that fewer caravans are allowed during the winter months.

The permission allows the caravan club to improve facilities at the site including surfacing 22 of the existing pitches, provide a new service point for motorhomes, alter the track within the site and create a caravan storage area.

John Herbert, chair of the planning committee, said: “We have given the go ahead for changes that will improve how the site appears in the landscape and make it less visually intrusive.

“We have allowed the site to open for a longer period which extends the season for visitors and brings more business to village shops and pubs.”

The Camping and Caravanning Club has exemptions from some planning controls however they chose to work through the planning system to reach a solution that balanced the needs of their business and the conservation of the National Park.

The Authority received 13 letters of objection and Youlgrave Parish Council objected to the plans because of concerns over road safety, landscape issues and obstructions to the line of a public footpath which crosses the site.

However, Derbyshire County Council as Highways Authority raised no objections to the proposals.

John Herbert added: “In approving the application we have put in place conditions that address some of the concerns of local people. We have been able to advise the applicant on appropriate improvements that benefit people and the environment.”