Agenda item

Full Application - Retrospective application for change of use from agricultural land to a caravan site (10 pitches) at Greencroft Farm, Weaddow Lane, Middleton-by-Youlgrave (NP/DDD/0820/0753, TS)



Cllr Andrew McCloy left the meeting due to a prejudicial interest relating to this application.


Cllr Andrew Hart did not return to the meeting during discussion of this item.


The Chair and Vice Chair of Planning Committee had visited the site on the previous day.


The Planning Officer introduced the report for retrospective approval for a caravan site.  Concerns regarding the use of high ground for the siting of caravans was emphasised and the subsequent impact on the landscape and Conservation Area.


Members requested clarification on the possibility of a licence being issued for the siting of five caravans on the site which would not require planning permission. Officers confirmed this would be a possibility but that normal process would be for the issuing authority to consult with the National Park Authority before issuing the licence which would enable objections to be made.


A motion to refuse the application as set out in the Officers report was moved,  seconded, put to the vote and carried.




To REFUSE the application for the following reason:


1.    The proposed development would result in a form of development that would be visually prominent and harmful to the valued landscape character and scenic beauty of the National Park. It would result in significant harm to landscape character contrary to policies L1, RT3, DMR1 and DMC3 and the guidance contained within section 15 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

2.    The proposal would result in the loss of an area of open space that is identified as being of importance to the character and significance of the Conservation Area. The proposal would cause harm to the character and significance of the Conservation Area, contrary to policies L3, DMC3, DMC8 and the guidance within section 16 of the NPPF


Cllr McCloy and Cllr Hart re-joined the meeting following consideration of this item at 1.45pm


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