Wider sequential assessment required to justify holiday caravan in flood zone

An inspector was unconvinced by a sequential test undertaken by an appellant to support a proposal to site a caravan for holiday letting in a flood risk area of Lincolnshire, after concluding that the geographic area was too narrow.

400-020-021 (Image Credit: East Lindsey DC)
400-020-021 (Image Credit: East Lindsey DC)

The site lay within flood zone 2 and was entirely surrounded by an area designated as falling within flood zone 3. At appeal stage the appellant examined sites in a nearby settlement which, while it attracted tourists, did not automatically mean that this was the only location which could accommodate a static caravan, the inspector opined. In this regard the appeal site only benefited from a five-caravan licence which did not support static caravans and the scheme would involve a fundamental change in the nature of the permitted use which was temporary in nature.

In the inspector's opinion a much wider area of search was required, particularly given the fact that there would be no means of escape given the extent of the flood zone three around the site. The benefit of improving tourist accommodation in the area did not outweigh this concern.

Inspector Zoe Hill; Written representations

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