The land cannot be transformed into a campsite

PLANNERS have refused retrospective permission to turn a 2.5 hectare field in Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster into a caravan and campsite.

The application for Papushka Fields relates to facilities which have already been in place since March 2021 and included new gates to the site, which ward councilors described as ‘intrusive and unattractive’ in a joint statement to Dorset Council.

According to the statement of ward councilors Alex Brenton, Bill Pipe and David Starr: “Although campsites of this type are popping up everywhere, they detract from the open aspect of the greenbelt. It is undesirable that the open ground between the A35 and 351 roads is full of tents and caravans and other temporary structures.

Lytchett Minster Borough Council had expressed concerns about the extra traffic feeding the A35, although Dorset Council’s motorways team raised no objections, subject to the entrance being widened.

The site is east of the Axium center and south of the A35 Dorchester road, with one planning officer claiming the area is already used by a number of established holiday sites for static caravans and lodges as well than Farmer Palmer’s family farm. nearby attractions.

The agent said: “The applicant has a Camping and Caravan Club license to operate for up to 35 tent pitches and 5 touring caravan pitches for year-round use at the application site. In terms of land use, it is only when there are tents and caravans on site that there is visual impact on the land…limited to the late spring and summer months.

The statement claimed that the shower and toilet block and other buildings would not look out of place in the area and together the site would cause more expense to the area.

But despite the arguments in favor of the site, a planning official concluded that the site did not fit well into the surrounding green belt: “The use and development do not fit well with this complex of buildings and appear as an isolated tourist use which is largely surrounded by farmland and the A35 to the north. The use is not considered to make a positive contribution to rural settlement, landscape character or the enhancement of biodiversity. No exceptional circumstances have been demonstrated to justify the use and range of associated structures in the countryside which are cumulatively considered to result in negative visual impacts and increased traffic movements which detract from the intrinsic character and beauty of the setting rural.

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