Caravans being ‘crammed in’

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An East Lindsey councillor has protested about the “unimaginative quality” of many rural tourism projects in the district.

At a planning committee meeting, Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders complained: “Too many of them consist of little more than shoving a load of caravans into a field - can’t we do better than that?

“It’s particularly unsatisfactory when they are crammed so close together that they are almost sitting on top of one another.

Despite the disquiet, the committee gave the green light to three new projects near the coast. This includes 20 touring caravans and an amenity block on land at Jockhedge, off Wainfleet Road in Burgh le Marsh.

Others include a 14-pitch touring caravan site at Hollands Pond, off Wedland Lane in Thorpe St Peter and an additional 14 tourers at The Elms, off Orby Road in Addlethorpe.

Later in the meeting, the committee also granted consent for an amendment to a previously approved scheme which will allow 18 statics, instead of tourers, to be sited at Hill View Lake, off Skegness Road, in Hogsthorpe.

The voting was 7-7, and it was approved on the casting vote of the chairman, Coun Neil Cooper.

The decision dismayed Coun Hazel Newcombe who said residents and the parish council did not want “the culture of caravan creep” to encroach into the village.

“Hogsthorpe does not want to be part of the coastal holiday corridor,”she insisted. “It wants to retain its rural identity.”