Casebook: Appeal cases - Leisure and entertainment - Camping site approved despite character concerns

The development of a touring caravan and camping site close to the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Northamptonshire has been approved after an inspector concluded that it would not adversely affect the character and appearance of the area or create an undesirable precedent.

The council claimed that the scheme would adversely affect the character of a special landscape area. It asserted that the height of the caravans and their light-coloured and reflective surfaces would be unsympathetic to the countryside. But the inspector found that the site would be substantially screened by hedges and the contours of the land. In her view, it would not have an unacceptably harmful impact on the character of the area.

The inspector agreed that many visitors might also be intending to use facilities at a nearby golf and country club or to visit the Silverstone racing circuit, both of which could be accessed on foot or by bicycle from the appeal site. On balance, therefore, she did not consider that the proposal would significantly increase the number of car journeys to and within the area.

DCS No: 35065886; Inspector: Sue Turner; Inquiry.

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