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Retrospective application for children`s play area.
CPRE has objected to this application as it is part of a creeping development of this holiday park. The owners are seeking to extend the permitted boundary of the holiday park by constructing unpermitted development and seeking permission in retrospect.
CPRE is particularly concerned about the growth of this holiday park for the following reasons:
• It will have a significant adverse impact on the landscape of the Kenn Valley. This site is in an Area of Great Landscape Value and para. 5.7 of the Teignbridge Local Plan states that “a high level of protection will be afforded to Areas of Great Landscape Value”. This application is contrary to Policy 2A of the adopted Local Plan as it will be detrimental to the landscape and the growth of this site is unsympathetic to the AGLV, introducing new structures and causing the loss of arable land which is characteristic of the landscape. It will not “protect and enhance the area’s landscape” or “conserve and enhance the natural and cultural landscape character” of this AGLV.
• This application is for development outside the permitted boundary of the holiday park. CPRE believes that this land should have been retained in agricultural use as arable land.
• CPRE believes that this application is contrary to Policy S22 of the adopted Local Plan. This campsite is in designated open countryside “where development and investment will be managed to provide attractive, accessible and biodiverse landscapes, sustainable settlements and a resilient rural economy”. The extension of this campsite will harm the landscape, and will only have a marginal economic benefit from tourism to the area. However, the latter could be outweighed by the erosion of the attractive landscape for which people visit this area. This site is in Clapham, which is poorly served by public transport. The vast majority of visitors will travel by car, often towing caravans. The increased traffic will cause major problems on the narrow lanes leading in and out of Clapham. This site is not easily accessible. Furthermore, there will be a negative impact on the biodiversity of the area from the increase in traffic and activity at and around the holiday park.
We are aware that there are existing problems at this site from sewage disposal and that local people have reported incidents of raw sewage leaking into houses and the River Kenn to the Environment Agency. No further developments should be approved whilst these problems persist. Also, there is light pollution in the valley from this site. The loss of dark skies is another negative impact on the rural character, tranquility and attractiveness of this area.
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