Objectors are fighting a planning application to build lavatory and shower facilities for caravanners and campers at a field on the outskirts of Uckfield.
Councillors are being recommended to over-rule the protests and allow the development at what is described in the application as Meadowside, Eastbourne Road, Uckfield, writes Paul Watson.
Members of Wealden District Council’s Planning Committee North are told in a report that the site does not require planning permission for using the land as a small-scale caravan/camping site.
Caravan and Camping Club
It is described as a permitted development under the Town and Country Planning Order of 2015 and has been given an “exempt certificate” by the Caravan and Camping Club.
Objections have been lodged by Framfield Parish Council – the land is within the village boundary – local residents and the Wealden councillor for Framfield, Cllr Ann Newton, Conservative.
She said the proposals would conflict with neighbours’ current enjoyment of their properties.
“This is a quiet area which for potentially six months of the year will be subjected to the noise and outdoor living associated with camp sites – extra vehicle movements, music, bonfires etc.,” she said.
She also said any cesspool emptying vehicle would need to block an access lane to other properties.
Cllr Newton also queried access arrangements to the site.
She said caravans would be emerging on to a 60mph road.
A report from the district council’s planning officers said acceptance of the use of the land as a campsite placed in “sharp focus” any reservations over the development of a lavatory/shower block.
“There can be no doubt that the small scale building is reasonably necessary to make the camp site attractive to users. The building would serve the wider tourism use and is not premature or unjustified development in the countryside,” a report states.
Members of planning committee north meet today (January 13) to determine the application which is in the name of Lorraine Pearce-Altendorff.
High-quality camping experience
A statement in support of the application states:
“Meadowside Camping, in conjunction with the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Exempted Certificated Sites scheme, intends to provide a high quality camping experience to explore the scenic surrounding areas and attractions for short breaks or long weekends, during the spring and summer months of the year.”
It adds: “By promoting the natural local environment and landscapes via public footpaths, activities and selling local produce, we aim to benefit businesses and the local community. During the winter months, the site will be left to its natural state with no camping activity.
“We intend to manage the site with low impact to the landscape and environment by investing in high quality sustainable facilities, thereby preserving nature for the enjoyment of current and future generations.”