A new touring caravan development proposed for Addlethorpe would provide ‘a luxury rural venue, not a holiday park’.
That was the pledge at East Lindsey’s planning committee on Thursday from Sally Hobbins in support of her application for 33 pitches to be allowed on land to the rear of Ormsby Lodge, off Mill Road in the village
The caravans would complement an angling lake, operated by Mrs Hobbins and her husband, which is proving popular with both residents and visitors - especially after having been stocked with fish to the value of £30,000.
But by seven votes to five, the committee turned down the caravan proposal - against the recommendation of planning officer Jane Parker.
Members noted that the parish council had objected to the application because residents felt Addlethorpe had already been ‘swamped’ with ‘vans - 573 pitches in a village of just 123 properties.
In a written representation, ward member Coun Colin Davie said he was opposed because it risked ‘destroying the separation of the tourist coast of Ingoldmells and the agricultural and rural nature of Addlethorpe’.
Similar reservations were sounded by Coun Jim Swanson who argued that the ‘cumulative effect’ of more caravans would be ‘too severe’.
Coun Tom Ashton suggested that the scheme should be allowed - but only after trees and hedges planted to screen the site had matured. However, his proposal for a decision to be deferred pending further discussions was unsuccessful.
Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders disliked the layout for the caravans - in three straight rows - but she said she supported the application because a ‘lot of trouble’ had already been taken in landscaping the site.
Mrs Hobbins now has the option of submitting a revised application or lodging an appeal which would be heard by an independent inspector at a later date.