Plans submitted for a caravan site to expand Aspatria Business’ accommodation offer

PLANS have been revealed to create a campervan and caravan site at an Allerdale farm.

Allerdale Borough Council has received an application for planning permission to create a touring campervan site at Meadow Farm in Aspatria.

The planning permission application is for land adjacent to The Big White House in Greengill, “a well-established four-star self-catering accommodation”.

Formerly a retirement home, The Big White House now serves large groups of up to 24 people.

And Mr Carr of Skiddaw View Holiday Park Limited has now applied for planning permission to extend the supply to Greengill.

In its design and access statement, agent Day Cummins Limited said: “Staycation has become more popular even before the Covid travel restrictions. Ownership of caravans and motorhomes has increased significantly recently and sites self-contained rural areas away from holiday hotspots and crowds have become more desirable.”

The applicant believes it is well placed to continue to attract tourists to West Cumbria, benefiting the economy.

“The site is close to Cockermouth, the West Lakes and the Solway coast making it ideal for visitors.”

Building permit requested for 11 camper/caravan pitches, toilets/showers and caretaker accommodation on site.

Day Cummins Limited said an on-site guard office would be essential to allay security concerns.

What the caretaker’s accommodation on site might look like

They said: “Site security and controlling visitor occupancy, particularly in a rural setting, is a big issue, especially when catering to large parties such as The Big White House.

“The best form of security is a presence on site and therefore the need for a guard on site.”

Gilcrux Parish Council raised concerns about the proposal after discussing it at its January 19 meeting.

Trevor Gear, parish clerk, told Allerdale Council’s case officer: ‘Although they recognize there are benefits to the local economy, they have serious concerns about cars towing caravans along narrow rural roads, especially through Bullgill with the sharp bends and steep hill.”

Day Cummins Limited said: “The site uses an existing access serving the Great White House and the site is laid out around a loop road with a one-way system.

“The large white house is already separated by boundary fences and an access gate which will remain and are enhanced by planting.”

The public can view and comment on all applications submitted to Allerdale Borough Council at: https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/planning-building-control/planning-applications/

The planning committee will consider comments of support or objection when deciding whether or not to give the go-ahead.

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