Despite Coun Trevor Thorne’s assertion that ‘a lodge is not a caravan’, members approved the removal of a condition at a north Northumberland caravan park.
Coquet View Caravan Park in Warkworth had applied to remove a condition on an application from 2011, which limited the site so that the definition of caravans ‘shall not include structures which cannot be brought to the site by a single vehicle’.
But the planning officers explained that the definition of a caravan is stated in the The Caravan Sites Act 1968, so there is no requirement for such a condition.
They explained that enforcement action could be taken relating to concerns over structures on the site based on this legislation.
Objector Andrew Webber, who lives close to the site, said that this condition had been broken already anyway.
He also described how the delivery of a lodge involved two transporters which couldn’t make the turn from the A1068 and had to use the haul road without the permission of owners Northumberland Estates and said removal of the condition would ‘add to the already-dangerous situation on Cemetery Bank’.
Coun Thorne said: “I just feel this is an example of operators of caravan parks taking liberties with conditions imposed upon them.”
However, he couldn’t give a valid planning reason for his objection and withdrew his motion to oppose.