Agenda item

Planning Application No. SL/2022/0725 Lakeland Leisure Park, Moor Lane, Flookburgh, Grange-Over-Sands LA11 7LT

To consider an application for the redevelopment of a touring area to provide new pitches for the siting of static caravans with associated demolition, landscaping, infrastructure, and other works and an overall change to the total caravan pitches allowed at Lakeland Leisure Park to enable up to 1,147 pitches (Major application).

Minutes:

Redevelopment of touring area to provide new pitches for the siting of static caravans with associated demolition, landscaping, infrastructure, and other works and an overall change to the total caravan pitches allowed at Lakeland Leisure Park to enable up to 1,147 pitches (Major application).

 

Note – Councillor Gill Gardner declared a non-pecuniary interest in this agenda item, by virtue of the fact that she had called this application in and intended to speak in objection to this item. She confirmed that she would leave the Council Chamber following her address.

 

The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2022/0725. The proposal sought approval for the redevelopment of the touring area to provide new pitches for the siting of static caravans with associated demolition, landscaping, infrastructure and other works and an overall change to the total caravan pitches allowed at Lakeland Leisure Park enabling up to 1,147 pitches. She displayed photographs and site plans, which outlined the proposal and provided full details of the application, which had been included within the report.

 

Note – Councillor Vicky Hughes arrived at 10.08 a.m.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to the issues of primary concern as set out in the Planning Officers’ presentation, which were:-

 

·        Principle of development;

·        Landscape; and

·        Highway Safety

 

The Planning Officer informed Members that although some hedges would be lost, the wider proposals would result in a biodiversity net gain.

 

Furthermore, Members attention was drawn to an additional condition, proposed by the Planning Officer, regarding the opening hours and occupation of the site as set out below:-

 

Condition (10)   This permission only authorises the occupation of caravans on this site:

 

(a)   Between the period 1 March to 14 November

(b)   At weekends (Friday night to Monday morning) between 14 November and 23 December; and

(c)   During the period 23 December to 7 January

It does not permit any occupation between 7 January and 1 March

 

Reason: To prevent the use of caravans as main or permanent residences and to protect the site environment and to accord with the existing site, in accordance with Policy DM18 of the Local Plan Development Management Policies.

 

Councillor Fiona Hanlon, Ward Member for Grange, spoke in objection to the application. Following her address, Councillor Hanlon was asked to leave the District Council Chamber.

 

Councillor Gill Gardner, Ward Member for Cartmel, spoke in objection to the application. Following her address, Councillor Gardner was asked to leave the District Council Chamber.

 

Phil Marsden, the applicant’s agent spoke in support of the application.

 

The Planning Officer responded to issues raised within the public participation.

 

Members requested clarity on a number of key issues including, foul water drainage, biodiversity loss, flood impact, the positive impact on local jobs (both directly and indirectly) and the advertised economic benefit of over £2 million.

 

The Planning Officer and Development Management Team Leader provided detailed responses to a number of questions raised by Members.

 

Members expressed concern over a query regarding the number of pitches on the site, which remained unclear. The Development Management Team Leader proposed that this item be deferred, to allow officers to do further research to provide an accurate answer to Members following the consideration of the next agenda item.

 

Members proposed and seconded and unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That Planning Application No. SL/2022/0725 be adjourned in order to provide officers time to undertake further research, with the item being resumed up following Agenda Item No. 8 (Planning Application No. SL/2022/0612 60 Dowkers Lane, Kendal, LA9 4DN).

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