Planting insufficient to hide caravans in sensitive landscape

Permission was refused for extension of a holiday village consisting of additional static caravans when an inspector judged that extensive planting would not mitigate harm to a Cornish AONB landscape.

The appellant sought to increase the number of static caravans by forty-seven and proposed to locate these on currently open land within the park and mainly down a hillside slope, along with a landscaping scheme and phasing plan to mitigate impact and improve the appearance of the park as a whole.

In the inspector’s assessment, while the majority of the new caravans would be obscured from views from across the valley by topography and woodland, those not so far down the slope would be visible and would consolidate the appearance of the holiday village in the landscape, adding to an existing harm. He concluded the rural landscape could not absorb the additional caravans, related parked cars and access road, even with phasing and landscaping. As a consequence, he held the scheme would not recognise the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside, or conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB, contrary to local and national policy. He also attached substantial weight to conflict with neighbourhood plan policy specifically stating that extension of the existing areas of holiday villages would not be supported, and dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: David Wyborn; Written representations

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