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Bid to extend Colne caravan park is rejected
PLANS to expand a caravan park in the Colne countryside have been rejected by councillors concerned at the impact on people currently living on the site.
Bosses at Prospect Farm, in Lenches Road, had applied to site 15 mobile homes and 11 holiday lets on the land.
The site currently has 15 units which are used for residential purposes, but the owners of these only rent the plot and use their own caravan.
Under the new plans, the owners would erect their own timber chalet-style lodges, with 15 to remain as residential homes and 11 to be used for short-term holiday lets.
Coun Tony Greaves said: “The problem with this is the people living there already.
“It puts their ability to continue living on this site in jeopardy.
“Many residents there will find it quite impossible to continue living there under these circumstances.
“There is an established community on that site. They are happy living there, have jobs and form a good community.
“What is being proposed is to uproot the existing community in order to allow other people to live there.”
Coun Joe Cooney said: “In principle I like this idea, we need accommodation for tourists to stay.
“But I have concerns about what will happen to the people who have lived there for years.
“To many of us, that still needs to be asked before we give a decision.”
Alan Kinder, the planning agent for the developers, said many existing residents wanted to be given the chance to upgrade.
But four of the existing residents had raised objections with Pendle Council concerned that the plot they rent would be destroyed and they would be left homeless.
The decision was rejected by councillors on the Colne Committee, but will now go before Pendle Council’s development control committee for ratification.
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