A proposal to extend a rural caravan site between Skegness and Alford has unexpectedly been turned down.
At an East Lindsey planning meeting, officers recommended that councillors should approve an application for The Nurseries, off Coots Lane in Mumby, to be extended from five tourers to 30.
But the committee refused the application by six votes to four after hearing an objection from Sally Bradley who helps her husband to farm 1,000 acres’ land adjacent to the caravan park.
She expressed concern both that holidaymakers would complain about noise from a corn drier and that their buildings could become subject to tresspass given that the access road to the holiday park runs through a busy farmyard.
Her worries were heeded by Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders who commented: “We need to safeguard the interests of farmers who are important to our rural economy.”
The Louth member went on to claim that Coots Lane was too narrow to accommodate increased caravan movements and that residents living alongside it would be inconvenienced.
Committee vice chairman, Coun Steve O Dare, and Coun Sid Dennis both spoke in favour of the scheme , with the latter stating: “We should seek to support a tourism business which wants to grow in difficult times.”
The committee noted that objections had been lodged by both Mumby Parish Council and by some residents.
The unsuccesful appliant is Mrs D. Baxter, who was represented at the meeting by the Lincs Design Consultancy.