Holiday caravans akin to bungalow development

Siting 67 static holiday caravans on the Essex coast would appear similar to a development of bungalows, an inspector held, dismissing an appeal on landscape and visual grounds.

The plots would be arranged as a series of crescents together with substantial landscape belts up to 20 metres wide. The caravans/lodges would be faced with wood which would provide a less stark appearance than traditional caravans, the inspector decided. But they would be equipped with verandas and hot tubs which would also affect the open and undeveloped nature of the site. While the screening would have some benefits it was understandable that residents would wish to have sea views and in certain viewpoints some of the caravans would be visually prominent.

Having regard to the site’s location within a coastal protection belt, where development would be strictly controlled, the inspector assessed whether the economic benefit of attracting more tourism outweighed the harm. In her opinion the economic and community benefits were modest and the erosion of a visually sensitive site was sufficient for her to dismiss the appeal.

Inspector: Andrea Mageean; Hearing

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