Four additional static caravans compatible with landscape character and heritage

Permission for 14 static caravans associated with a caravan park in north Wales was secured, an inspector placing weight on the council's decision to grant permission for 10 units on the same site.

The local landscape was characterised by a high valley often with steep edges giving a dramatic enclosure to the valley floor with the upper slopes often covered with woodland, the inspector noted. It was designated as a special and historic landscape area because of these qualities and the range of heritage assets. The four additional caravans would occupy a relatively high position with extensive views towards a river. Local viewpoints would be screened, howerver, by existing vegetation and although longer distance views would be possible from the river, they would lie within the park as proposed to be extended. Longer distance views were also obtained across an expansive landscape so that overall there would be no significant adverse effects.

Turning to the impact on the setting of heritage assets, there were a large number in the area, the inspector conceded. Many lay on the other side of the river and were visually divorced from the appeal site. The two closest listed buildings lay 1,000 metres or more distant but the degree of inter-visibility was limited such that overall the historic landscape character would not be harmed.

Inspector: Vicki Hirst; Hearing

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