Blow for caravanners after Government calls for no season extension

Caravanners hoping to return to the East Lindsey coast for Christmas are set to be disappointed after Government intervention in the plans.
Caravan site operators have been told there will not be an extension to the season this year.Caravan site operators have been told there will not be an extension to the season this year.
Caravan site operators have been told there will not be an extension to the season this year.

Thirty-eight businesses applied for a Local Development Order to extend the season until January 5.

However, concerns were expressed by the Environment Agency and Lincolnshire County Council regarding how local services would cope in the event of a flood or the ongoing pandemic.

Mike Gildersleeves, Assistant Director - Planning, said: “The Coastal Local Development Order (LDO) has been a direct response to the local business community’s request for assistance in extending the visitor season.

"However, agreement has not yet been reached with partner agencies and Government has requested that we do not currently agree any extensions to occupancy restrictions under the LDO.

"Coupled with the local picture regarding Covid-19, it is not considered appropriate to implement permissions under the LDO at this time.

"As a result, we will not presently be supporting LDO applications which would see an extension of the 2020/21 season.

"We have communicated this to all site owners within the LDO area, including the 38 businesses who have made requests to extend their season.

"We will continue to liaise and work with site operators regarding the 2021/2022 season to secure the benefits of the LDO in that season.”