Caravan allowed to stay in Glaisdale field

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A RECOMMENDATION by North York Moors National Park planning officers to refuse an application or a second static caravan for holiday letting in a field near Glaisdale was overturned by members of the North York Moors National park planning committee.

Applicants were Glynda and Nicola Readman of Low Woodside Farm, Glaisdale. The application was supported by Glaisdale parish councillors.

Planning members were told that caravans had been on the site for more than 40 years. The site was originally granted planning permission for two caravans in 1966 and the permission was regularly renewed until 1998 when a personal permission was granted to the landowner.

The site had since changed hands and the new owners applied for a personal permission.

In 2008 one of the static caravans was removed because it was dilapidated. Last year the new owners were given permanent consent for the one remaining caravan and the second site remained vacant.

Planning officers said that the site is visible from a public footpath but existing hedges and landscaping were adequate for one caravan to be integrated into the landscape but a second caravan did not agree with the landscape requirements of the national park’s development policy.

They did not consider allowing two caravans on the site could be justified and recommended refusing the application but at the meeting members decided that in view of the site’s lengthy history as an existing business with two caravans to approve the application.