Village caravan site decision is delayed

CONCERNED residents will have to wait for at least another month to find out whether controversial plans to put a caravan and camping park on a Greenfield site near Draycott get the go-ahead. Hundreds of people from Draycott and Cheddar have put up protes

CONCERNED residents will have to wait for at least another month to find out whether controversial plans to put a caravan and camping park on a Greenfield site near Draycott get the go-ahead.Hundreds of people from Draycott and Cheddar have put up protest signs around the village and organised a massive petition against plans to build a caravan park at Nylands Crossroads.A decision was due to be made at Sedgemoor District Council's development control committee on April 17, but councillors have asked for a site to visit before making a decision.Council officers had recommended Sedgemoor district councillors refuse the application.Members of a campaign group formed against the plans, Save Open Land in Draycott (SOLID), attended the planning meeting on Tuesday to hear the fate of the piece of land, which they hoped would be left for agricultural use.SOLID spokeswoman, Sue Wall, of Abbis Fields Farm, which overlooks the proposed development, said: "We are pleased that the planning application is being taken seriously but obviously we would have been a lot happier if the councillors had declined the development. "We have collected more than 520 signatures objecting to plans to convert the Greenfield site and more than 150 letters from individuals who are against the proposal were received by the council's planning department so we are hoping that the planning committee won't ignore the strong feelings of the local people."We are hoping that once councillors have inspected the site they will be opposed to any development plans, which will ruin this beautiful area of countryside. All we want is to keep green agricultural land in the area undeveloped for future generations to enjoy."The site is the last remaining green space between Draycott and Cheddar, so to grant this application will ribbon develop and create a total urbanisation to the south of the A371 road, which itself is the boundary of the AONB."The site visit is taking place on May 18. Anyone wishing to add their support to the SOLID campaign can do at www.SOLID2007.com


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