Residents group accept ‘yes’ to new caravan site

A CONTROVERSIAL caravan site has been given the go-ahead by West Lindsey planners.

Businessman Phil Manning got the thumbs-up from West Lindsey District Council to turn a 1.7 hectare site in Brigg Road, Caistor, into a touring caravan park – despite objections from residents.

Mr Manning thinks the £500,000 park – with space for 40 caravans, 20 tents, a cafe, shop and caravan storage space – will bring more people into the area, boost tourism and help local shops and businesses.

But news of his plan left Brigg Road Residents Group furious – they had feared the extra traffic on the road could be dangerous and raised concerns about noise from the site and caravans being visible from the Wolds and Viking Way.

One resident, Alan Pearce, even said the caravan park could become the next Dale Farm – an illegal gypsy site in Essex which was saw residents evicted after riot police got involved.

Following the decision on the application, Brigg Road Residents Group chairman Geoff Handford said: “Now that permission has been granted for the caravan site, Brigg Road Residents Group welcomes Mr Manning and his family as neighbours in Caistor.

“We look forward to working together to improve everyone’s quality of life along the road.”

When asked whether or not the group was pleased the caravan site had been granted planning permission, Mr Handford replied: “I don’t want to make any further comment.”

Mr Manning said: “We’ve been through a lot and we’ve worked hard to get here. I’m really pleased it’s all coming together now, we’re really looking forward to it.

“There’s a lot going on around the area and we’ve got to have places for people to stay if we want to attract visitors. I’m hoping to open as soon as possible.

“We’ve developing the site to hopefully be a five-star park that will bring bring a lot of high end, quality clients into the area.”

The planning application for the site at 115 Brigg Road was submitted to West Lindsey District Council in October last year.

Before the council made a decision on the application there was a public consultation and site visit by members of the planning committee.

The application was determined at a WLDC planning meeting on May 2.