Revised caravan park plans meet with local opposition

Pictured in 2013. Chris Lomax, owner of Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Pictured in 2013. Chris Lomax, owner of Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Revised plans to move a cliff-top caravan park further inland, away from coastal erosion, have met with opposition online from locals and a nearby school.

The original proposal to relocate Manor Farm caravan park in Happisburgh to form a 194-space caravan site and camping area in 2014-15 were rejected by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

But they were approved on appeal by the national planning inspectorate with conditions.

Now the owner has submitted two new planning applications to NNDC, one to vary some of the conditions and the other to cover developments to the site which were not part of the original application.

Residents and bosses at Happisburgh Primary School, which is next to the site, are unhappy about the new applications.

A spokesman for parents and staff, who did not wish to be named, said on the NNDC website: 'Our objections are purely based around the concerns we all have relating to the safeguarding of our pupils and the privacy for both our children and the residents of the park.

'The proposed bund was agreed to be at 2.5m height which would have shielded us from the resident's view and would have secured more privacy for them whilst on holiday.

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'However, this height has now been reduced to 1.5m. This means that our children will be able to see into the caravans and visitors to the park will be able to see into our playground and, therefore, our children. Our children use the outside space all the time in the spring and summer and we have an outdoor classroom in our field that is used on a daily basis.'

Happisburgh Parish Council will consider the applications at its next meeting on February 11.

Resident Stephen Burke, who lives close by, said: 'There are no benefits to the wider village of this proposal. Not only does it impact visually, it also means inadequate drainage provision has been made. The developer has also made last minute applications for new features which were not in the original plans, such as lighting bollards.'

Caravan park owner Chris Lomax did not wish to comment.