Caravans allowed for Runswick field

Runswick residents and parish councillors were concerned that allowing land in the village to be used as a caravan site would cause access problems and lack of privacy.

An application was made to the North York Moors National Park planning committee by Christine Jones of Hinderwell Lane for a change of use of an area of scrubland.

Planning officers said it had not been used or attended to in living memory, but used in the past for clay mining.

Mrs Jones wanted to site up to three static caravans on the land to be used for holidays for up to eleven months of each year.

They would be managed from Mrs Jones’ property behind Runswick Bay Hotel and access would be through the hotel car park and a twin trod stone track along the edge of a field.

But the proprietor of the hotel was concerned about access being through the hotel car park and that his limited parking spaces would be occupied by caravan users.

Another resident thought using scrubland would bring caravans close to his house, affecting his privacy.

Recommending approving the application, planning officers said they considered the caravans could be accommodated without causing harm to the national park’s special qualities .

Nor would they cause any more impact on neighbouring homes than existing nearby caravans.