Caravan site set to double in size

A CARAVAN site near Lythe, which claims to be one of the oldest in North Yorkshire, is set to double in size.

The site is on the grounds of the Mulgrave Estate and has been open to ‘staycation’ holidaymakers since 1948.

But in order to cope with a rise in demand brought on by the recession, the estate has submitted an application to the North York Moors national park’s planning authority on Thursday, to dramatically expand.

John Hoyes, chief executive of the estate, said the expansion represents a huge economic boost for Lythe villagers.

“This will be fantastic for the village and bring a lot more people in,” he said.

“The application will do a great deal in supporting the existing businesses in the village and it will give us an economic shot in the arm.”

The expansion will provide 20 touring caravan pitches, eight camping pods, as well as a new amenities block and access road.

Mr Hoyes added: “The site is also just one field boundary away from the Cleveland Way, which has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years.

“We see this as a great place for people to stay when they are walking the route and hopefully it will attract more people to the area.”

A renewed strategy to boost tourism in the North York Moors is currently under way after it emerged that visitor numbers have fallen by about 10 per cent during the peak summer period as financially-stricken householders ditch days out and holidays to save money.

Visitor numbers were down by 13,250 between 1 April and August 31 at the visitor centres at Danby and Sutton Bank.