Field could be caravan site

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 April 2015

An application has been submitted to change this agricultural field into a caravan and camping site. Photo c/o Google.

An application has been submitted to change this agricultural field into a caravan and camping site. Photo c/o Google.

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AN APPLICATION to turn an agricultural field just off of the M5 into a camping ground has been described as a 'smokescreen for an unofficial traveller site' by nearby residents - but the applicant's agent insists it is a 'private' venture.

Oakdale Design Services Ltd has submitted an application to North Somerset Council to change greenfield land east of Bourton Lane in St Georges into a camping ground with up to 40 spaces for touring caravans and camping pitches.

The application has been submitted on behalf of Trevor Webber, of Cilgerran Way in Blackwood, Wales, and has sparked concerns from site neighbours.

Ian Marshall, of Meadow Place, submitted an objection to the proposal via North Somerset Council’s website.

He said: “This application is a smokescreen for an unofficial travellers’ site.

“The adjacent land will quickly be contaminated with rubbish and unwanted scrap. Not only unpleasant for the local residents but it would provide a danger to the environment and pollute the water courses.”

Nathan Aylett has lived in the area for 10 years and also has concerns surrounding the change-of-use application.

He said: “The planning application says they will have three static caravans and up to 40 touring caravans and we are 99 per cent sure that it is a traveller site which is going there.

“The fact is it is not suitable for the area, especially with the close proximity to the motorway.

“I don’t want to just sit here and let it happen.”

Other comments submitted to the council expressed concerns surrounding flooding, extra traffic, congestion and littering.

When questioned on whether the field will be used by travellers, a spokesman from Oakdale Design Services said: “Oh no, this is a private gentleman who is looking forward to doing it.

“He is going to be very keen on keeping it clean and tidy and everything else. What it says within the application is what is going to be there, providing it is going to be passed, of course.”

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