Tourist caravans successfully enforced in flood plain

A company's claim that various caravans sited on a 0.27ha site within the Lake District national park were not visually intrusive nor in a functional flood plain failed to persuade an inspector that he should not uphold an enforcement notice.

The strip of land, measuring 110 metres long and 25 metres wide, lay close to a listed church and conservation area. The company asserted, however, that the caravans were not particularly conspicuous although some views could be obtained from a nearby fell. The graveyard provided some tree cover and additional planting would ensure that the caravans blended into the landscape, the company claimed.

The inspector noted that views from the fell were very important and caravans, due to their size and colour, were more obvious than cars which created a jarring effect in views of the small site and further planting would not mitigate this harm. In addition, the development had had an impact on the setting of the graveyard which lay within the conservation area.

The fact that the site also lay within a functional floodplain added to his concerns and the importance of tourism to the national park did not override these failings.

Inspector Mike Croft; Written representations

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