Plans for a new 108 static caravan site on the Lincolnshire coast near Skegness
A bid to build a new static caravan site in a village near Skegness has been lodged with council. A change of use of land in Hogsthorpe for the 108 static caravan site has been submitted to East Lindsey District Council.
But while holidaymakers may welcome the news, some nearby locals have resisted, saying the area is becoming “one huge caravan park”. The site on Sea Lane is currently home to a residential property and four holiday homes, with developers saying they already have a letter from East Lindsey backing the development in principle.
But a meeting was held in the village so local residents could sign letters opposing the plans, LincolnshireLive reports. One of those not supporting them is Helen Tedman, 57, who lives near Chapel St Leonards.
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She said: “I’m worried about that because we’re talking about a small village here and it might end up looking like Ingoldmells. The whole east coast is going to end up being one huge caravan park and it doesn’t seem as although there is care for the residents, I think it’s just a matter of money.
“The roads are going to have to be sorted out if that happens because they’re in absolute shambles and you can’t have hundreds of people driving them as they are. I’ve lived here for nine years and it’s always been nice and peaceful, but this shot is basically like slapping a Butlin in the middle of nowhere.
“The tourist side is all well and good, but it’s the consequence of all the extra traffic it’s going to cause and the devaluation of properties in the area that it’s inevitably going to lead to. I think everyone was surprised when they heard about the plans.”
In its comments on the application, Lincolnshire County Council also expressed its opposition to the plans saying: “The development does not diversify the tourism and leisure economy as it provides yet more caravans and over 100 static caravans on a relatively small site are considered overdevelopment on a scale and intensity incompatible with its rural environment”.
Despite this, documents submitted in support of the application state that the design of the site is “friendly” to the location and that coastal accommodation provides “significant benefits to the local economy”. It also indicates that hedges, trees and shrubs will be planted on the site.
Furthermore, the developers state: “There are only a small number of dwellings towards the southern end of the proposed site. Within the site, space will be provided next to each caravan for the parking of two vehicles. The proposed extension would cause minimal damage, and it would not outweigh the significant benefits to the business and the local economy.”
East Lindsey District Council received the planning application at the end of March, and it will now be decided at a later date, with the authority’s next planning committee meeting currently scheduled for May 5 .