‘Glamping’ plan splits wolds village

Coun Alan Caine called for site visit
Coun Alan Caine called for site visit

Plans for two safari tents to be erected at the back of The Old Smithy in Claxby have split the village.

Christopher Jackson plans to open a ‘glamping’ site, but its location within an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty has created hurdles.

His proposal came before West Lindsey’s planning committee earlier this month, but rather than accepting an officer’s recommendation to approve the project, they followed a suggestion from Caistor Councillor Alan Caine to visit the site.

A council report notes opposition from the local parish council as the site is close to five properties, resulting in loss of privacy. Nesting owls and bars nearby would also suffer. The layout of the land would amplify noise from visitors, it said.

Seven letters of objection had been received from local residents, but also six emails of support.

The West Lindsey Growth Team supports the plan from an economic and tourism viewpoint. Tourism brings £101 million a year to the area and supports 1653 full-time jobs. Providing quality accommodation would help local businesses, they said. The proposal will again come before planning in January.