Councillors have surprisingly blocked applications to extend two caravan sites in Chapel St Leonards.
Against the recommendation of officer, members of East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee turned down proposals to develop separate fields on the outskirts of the village.
Blue Anchor wanted to enlarge their Golden Palm site, off Skegness Road, with a further 140 static caravans, while East Park Leisure proposed an additional 95 statics on land off Trunch Lane.
The committee were persuaded to vote against the proposals after hearing forceful presentations from ward representatives Coun Hazel Newcombe and Coun Fiona Brown who both articulated the worries of many residents that, with almost three caravans to every home, the village and its infrastructure are already past saturation point.
Accordng to the former, the readiness of Chapel site operators to contribute to the running of amenities such as the public WCs have mostly been negligible or non-existent.
Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders was particularly opposed to the Trunch Lane scheme because it would have encroached into the coastal country car park, thereby undermining the council’s ambitions to further green tourism.
“We can’t keep nibbling away at environmentally sensitive sites,”she said. “Once lost, we will never get them back.”
A dissenting view came from Coun Dick Edginton who reminded committee colleagues that caravan tourism was a “dominant economic driver” which provided the district with its “life support system”.
It is not known if the applicants will lodge appeals.