Couple’s ‘dream’ caravan park

Wolds View Touring Park
Wolds View Touring Park

Traders and residents in Caistor have welcomed a new caravan park to the town - after initial fears it would become an illegal gypsy site.

Almost two years ago, Phil and Jane Lodder-Manning put in a planning application for a caravan park next to the former GBM scrapyard in Brigg Road.

At the time, residents did not want the development to go ahead, saying it could end up like Dale Farm - an illegal gypsy site in Essex next to a former scrapyard.

But the planning application was approved and Phil and Jane have transformed the site into a luxury caravan park, which business owners and residents are delighted with.

Wolds View Touring Park, which opened at the start of last week, has space for 40 touring caravans or motorhomes, 20 tents and storage for 62 vehicles.

It has a heated amenity building with a reception, shop, laundry room and showers and toilet - and is suitable for disabled people.

Phil - who received grant funding from Lindsey Action Zone, which supports rural development - said: “Our long term dream has been to manage a quality touring park.

“We have, over the years, looked at many existing businesses and greenfield sites throughout Lincolnshire, finding the Lincolnshire Wolds as an Area or Outstanding Natural Beauty and Caistor has made our minds up to move our existing business and family to develop an exciting new venture here.”

Phil and Jane are planning to open a coffee shop at the site at a later date.

Jane said: “We’re been considering doing this for 15 years. It’s such a relief to finally be here and open.”

The shop at the site will stock local products and Phil and Jane are keen to support local businesses.