Our right to object

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I would just like to respond to the news item from April 10, Caravan park gets green light.

As someone who objected to the planning application at Docker Park, I was disappointed with the accusations of snobbery, not wanting caravans, shenanigans and wanting to lock the countryside up. How sad when people with legitimate concerns are labelled in this way.

My objection was due to the negative impact on the rural economy. There was much talk of the benefit to the village shop and pub, but with a shop and cafe on site this benefit will be minimal.

Currently all traffic to the site is only on sunny weekends and bank holidays. The caravan site will operate for 11 months and will increase the irregularity of traffic. This is a fact, not an opinion.

With, in effect, 30 extra households (about double the current number) coming and going at all times of day we will no longer be able to plan tasks such as moving our livestock for quiet times. There won’t be a quiet time. This will have a negative impact on ours, and other businesses.

As for unpleasant shenanigans all I did was to follow the correct procedures for objecting an application, that is by contacting our councillors, sending a letter and speaking at the committee meeting, all above board and the approved method of putting your point across.

Locking up the countryside – the opening of the caravan site and closing of the visitor centre will restrict this farm to just 30 households reducing the availability of the countryside for many. The countryside is always open through public rights of way and we welcome responsible people.

When it comes to caravans, I firmly believe to minimise impact they must be carefully situated.

We’ve many, many caravan sites not far away, well hidden from view and with much better transport links, that mean they have very little impact on other businesses. Adding 30 to an established site would have no negative impact. I welcome caravans in an appropriate site.

I would love to know what makes a snob. My objection was because of the impact on the environment due to the awkward sloped site and quantities of concrete needed.

The visual impact on a green field site. The impact of traffic on ours and other businesses. The negative impact on the rural economy.

Does a love for the countryside and the environment, as well as a desire to protect your own and other farming businesses, make you a snob?

Christopher Ward