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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Objections to caravan site planned for edge of Carlisle

Neighbours have objected to plans for another caravan site on the outskirts of Carlisle.

The owners of Greenfield Farm, Houghton, have applied for permission to convert the site to house 20 touring caravans but people have raised concerns about other sites in the area.

Neighbour Ron Davidson objected for several reasons, he said, including problems with the access route and concerns over the type of caravan that would be stored there.

He added that there were already large storage sites for caravans at Low Harker and at Greenacres and asked: “Why should there be another site in the village area?”

He also raised concerns about a potential knock-on safety effect with young children playing in the lane and cyclists and horse riders in the area.

The site, which covers an area of 11.5 acres, is currently used for grazing and exercising horses and access is gained from The Green.

Another neighbour objected saying there was “no clear reason” for the site.

Stanwix Rural Parish Council has also objected to the proposal.

In total, eight letters have been received, as well as comments from councillors in the area.

In her report, council officer Shona Taylor said the site was hidden by landscaping and fences.

“It is not considered to be detrimental to the character of the area,” she said.

She said the caravans would be in an enclosed site, 55 metres away from the nearest property.

Members of Carlisle City Council’s Development Control Committee will consider the planning application at a meeting at the Civic Centre on Friday at 10am.

The application was deferred from a previous meeting to allow councillors to visit the site.

The county council’s Highway Authority has called for a footpath with a width of 1.8m to be maintained along the access road if the plans are approved.

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