Campsite pitch given go-ahead

VISITORS are to benefit from improved camping facilities after plans to upgrade a site in Hayfield were approved.

The Camping and Caravan Club site, which can accommodate tents and motor homes, is to be updated as part of a nationwide programme by the organisation.

Members of High Peak’s Development Control Committee, who described the site as an asset to the area, had expressed some reservations about certain aspects of the development, but it was felt these could be adequately addressed by additional conditions.

Councillors approved the installation of 19 hard-standings, refurbishment of the internal site road, the erection of ten wooden camping pods, a new reception block, the refurbishment and extension of the amenity block and a new play area

Seven objections had been submitted by neighbours which expressed concerns over the impact on the countryside, noise and disturbance, highways, overdevelopment and light pollution.

Cllr Bill Clarke said he was concerned that there could be 19 mobile homes coming in and out of the campsite every day during the summer months and asked if there was any control over the length of the vehicles. Officers said it would not be appropriate to add as a condition.

Cllr John Faulkner said: “What they are asking for is to upgrade the site and bring things more up to date.”

Additional conditions were added to those suggested by officers, to include the time the site can operate as well as the materials used for the hardstandings and camping pods.