Fotherby caravan park plans set to be approved

A new static caravan park near Louth is set to get approval next week – despite over 130 letters of opposition.

A plan of how the site could look.
A plan of how the site could look.

The park would place 18 timber lodges on land in Fotherby which was previously used to build chicken sheds.

The application says the “high quality holiday homes” on Main Road would be barely noticeable and would boost the local economy.

However residents near the village aren’t impressed, with dozens of complaints about it being sent in.

One Fotherby resident said: “We have no facilities for tourism. This is a quiet, peaceful village and we wish it to remain so.”

Another said that the development would provide “no benefit to the village.”

They added that the lack of facilities meant “it will increase the carbon footprint as every person using this site will have to drive out of the site on what is a busy junction just to buy a pint of milk or loaf of bread.”

Another Fotherby resident argued: “Traffic will increase significantly – not only during construction, but also during use of the lodges/caravans. Both pedestrians and motorists will be at risk.”

There are 133 objections on East Lindsey District Council’s website, although residents can submit more than one each.

The original plans envisioned 26 homes, but these were scaled back to 18. The application says the lodges would be spaced apart to prevent a feeling of overcrowding.

The site just falls within the Lincolnshire Wolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The plans say the lodges would be well-screened and would be a boost for Fortherby.

“It is hoped the proposal will provide a significant benefit for the local community and economy generally by providing a significant private investment within the area adding to the tourism accommodation locally,” it says.

The plans have been submitted by a North Cockerington resident through agents DMC Architecture Ltd.

Council officers have recommended the plans are passed, but the public disapproval could potential sway councillors at next week’s planning committee.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 1.