Planners ignore village protest

CHEDDAR parish councillors have decided to support a controversial caravan park application, despite their colleagues on the neighbouring parish council Rodney Stoke saying 'no'. Despite over 20 Cheddar protestors attending the meeting, the planning comm

CHEDDAR parish councillors have decided to support a controversial caravan park application, despite their colleagues on the neighbouring parish council Rodney Stoke saying 'no'. Despite over 20 Cheddar protestors attending the meeting, the planning committee gave its support to the application for a site between Draycott and Cheddar.The application has been submitted by developer Mike Pearce, from Wells, who wants to build 10 lodges, 40 caravan pitches, toilets, showers and a camping area on a 13 acre site along the A371.Although the planned caravan park is nearer to Draycott, the proposed site comes under the responsibility of Cheddar Parish Council. Members of Cheddar and Draycott action group Save Open Land In Draycott (SOLID) protested at the planning meeting last Tuesday.Cheddar resident Jon Coles said: "The A371 passes through the already heavily congested centre of Cheddar where children walk to and from three schools and where, at times, there is a state of gridlock."The meeting was held at Hannah More Cottage, instead of the usual parish hall venue, to accommodate the protestors. The proposal will now be discussed at Sedgemoor District Council's planning committee, on a date to be fixed. Meanwhile, SOLID is urging people against the application to sign their petition on www.solid2007.com


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