This is an archived press release
Friday 3 February 2017
The Peak District National Park’s planning committee has today (Friday 3 February, 2017) resolved to refuse planning permission at the caravan site at Foolow.
At the meeting, 14 people, including local residents, voiced their objections about the caravan site, saying that it would have a detrimental impact on their village, on the roads and on the landscape.
The planning committee members voted almost unanimously in favour of refusing the planning application (12 voted for refusal, 1 abstention) that had been submitted by Peak District National Park.
The site has a complex planning history. In 1998 the Authority gave planning permission for what was intended to be a touring caravan site. The wording of the permission subsequently revealed a loophole which meant that 20 static caravans or park homes could have been sited there.
To protect the landscape and prevent it becoming an unconditional static caravan site the Authority purchased the Brosterfield site in 2012, for £650,000, but always with the intention of reverting it to a touring caravan site.
However, having listened to the local community’s representations, the planning committee today decided that the planning application on the table was not appropriate for the location and refused it.
This Authority will now have to rethink what it wants to do with the site in the future.
The 1998 planning permission for it being a static caravan site is still in place.