Caravan park permitted on historic site

The extension of a holiday caravan park in southern Scotland has been allowed despite concerns that it would harm the historic setting of an early 19th century manor house.

The appellants sought permission to site 54 static caravans and create a touring area for a further 20 as an extension to a well-established caravan park, bringing the total number of pitches to 250. This would justify constructing a swimming pool and leisure centre, they argued. They explained that they were seeking to upgrade the holiday accommodation to meet customer demand.

The council opposed the development on the basis that it would adversely affect the woodland setting of the category A listed manor. The reporter agreed that the scheme would reduce the geographical extent of an area of parkland. However, he was satisfied that a large area of parkland would remain open and the setting of the house would not be adversely affected. Additional planting would ensure that the visual impact of the caravans was contained, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-050-837

Reporter John Henderson; Hearing.

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