Park expansion plan given the green light

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Plans for another 110 static caravans at a Wooler holiday park have received planning permission from council officers.

Verdant Leisure, owners of the Riverside Country Park, plan to put the caravans on a 3.9 hectare site where planning permission was granted in the early 1990s for 40 houses.

Agent Kim Tullett of Hough Tullett, on behalf of the owners, stated in the application: “The park is very popular and is currently at capacity with only one pitch remaining unpopulated.

“The park needs to expand to both cater for demand and to remain a sustainable business contributing to the local economy. The development will make use of the existing site infrastructure and enable more employment opportunities to be offered.”

They say there is ‘compelling’ economic evidence to back their application with a study for the British Holiday and Home Parks Association citing a figure of £14,000 per year per caravan spend into the local economy.

The application received the green light from officers at Northumberland County Council using delegated powers.

There were no objections from any statutory consultees or members of the public and Wooler Parish Council gave no response.

Vivienne Robinson, principal planning officer, said: “The caravans would take up the majority of the site with a play area and landscaping area located in the north eastern part of the site. The site currently comprises grassland and is bounded to the west by woodland, to the east by the river and to the south by the existing caravan park.

“The site is well related to Wooler, is an extension of an existing caravan site and would result in benefits to the rural economy through the creation of additional tourist accommodation.

“As the site is bounded by the existing caravan site and is bounded on its eastern and western sides by woodland, it is not considered the development will have a detrimental impact on the amenities of any surrounding properties. The existing boundary planting and the topography of the surrounding landform ensures that limited views of the site are available from surrounding public viewpoints.

“The layout and scale would be generally in keeping with that of the existing layout of the site. It is considered the development can be achieved in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and Local Plan.”

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