Caravan park plan for former Rossendale scrap yard

First published in Stacksteads Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A PITCHED battle is due over plans to create a camping and caravan park in Rossendale at a former scrap yard.

Neighbours of the site in Blackwood Road, Stacksteads, claim the disruption from additional traffic would be unbearable.

And they fear that the camp, which has six caravan spots, would not be used by tourists but would attract travellers.

But supporters of the bid say not enough is being done to promote the valley as a tourist destination - and such a camp would fulfill a vital need.

Planning agent Ben Edmondson said: “Rossendale boasts some of East Lancashire’s most scenic hills and fells and should be enjoyed by tourists as well as locals.”

The reputation of the Adrenaline Gateway, in nearby Lee Quarry, attracts visitors from across the north west.

“There are no affordable sites to camp or stay close to these hills and quarries. They are not using or spending money in local shops and businesses,” added Mr Edmondson.

“This site would mean people stay in Rossendale, tourism would increase and subsequently local businesses would benefit.”

He has been supported by the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, which confirms there is a lack of accommodation in the valley.

“The development of the proposed accommodation would support the drive to increase overnight stays in Lancashire and at present, there is a growing trend for camping,” added a spokesman.

Amended plans submitted for the plot show a redundant house on site being reused as an office, increased parking and the moving of a toilet block to a point where it would be screened by trees.

The final decision will rest with the borough council’s development control committee, which meets at Bacup’s Futures Park next Tuesday.

Recommending approval, planning manager Stephen Stray said: “The use of this site as a scrap yard and the adjacent recycling centre have generated significant traffic volumes, including lorries.

“The site will contain a relatively small number of pitches for touring caravans and the anticipated use of the road is not likely to increase over that associated with the previous use.”

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2:04pm Sat 10 Dec 11

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Two weeks in Stacksteads, sounds lovely
Two weeks in Stacksteads, sounds lovely disgusted tunbridge wells
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2:27pm Sat 10 Dec 11

IvanDobsky says...

More gypos
More gypos IvanDobsky
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3:11pm Sat 10 Dec 11

happycyclist says...

disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
Two weeks in Stacksteads, sounds lovely
LOL!
[quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: Two weeks in Stacksteads, sounds lovely[/p][/quote]LOL! happycyclist
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8:48pm Sat 10 Dec 11

'Kean on getting out..! says...

South of France or Rossendale.? 'am all mixed up now'..
South of France or Rossendale.? 'am all mixed up now'.. 'Kean on getting out..!
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1:15pm Sun 11 Dec 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

What a fantastic location for a caravan park! Absolutely beautiful views and scenery as befitting the area. Such a picturesque vista of .... the ... household waste disposal centre and, and ........ a bit stuck here. Can't think of anything else!
What a fantastic location for a caravan park! Absolutely beautiful views and scenery as befitting the area. Such a picturesque vista of .... the ... household waste disposal centre and, and ........ a bit stuck here. Can't think of anything else! HelmshoreBoy
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2:33pm Sun 11 Dec 11

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

The boarded up Commercial at the bottom of the lane, the derelict mill and a lovely scrap yard-van breakers further up the lane, what more could a holiday maker want ? A day out perhaps at the derelict Waterbarn church followed by lunch at The Hare and Hounds
The boarded up Commercial at the bottom of the lane, the derelict mill and a lovely scrap yard-van breakers further up the lane, what more could a holiday maker want ? A day out perhaps at the derelict Waterbarn church followed by lunch at The Hare and Hounds disgusted tunbridge wells
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8:34pm Tue 13 Dec 11

nice person says...

They would be foolish to grant planning as it is a front to gain a secured sale to travellers...
They would be foolish to grant planning as it is a front to gain a secured sale to travellers... nice person
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4:16pm Thu 15 Dec 11

plankspanker says...

not spending money in local shops???? has this reporter drove thru stacky lately!!! on the plus side you'll be able to get your paths tarmacced very quickly when the "travellers" move in gawd bless em!!
not spending money in local shops???? has this reporter drove thru stacky lately!!! on the plus side you'll be able to get your paths tarmacced very quickly when the "travellers" move in gawd bless em!! plankspanker
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