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Calverley: Caravan park refused permission – owner to appeal

Retrospective plans for a caravan park at the back of a mill building in Calverley have been refused by Leeds planners following a number of objections from nearby householders.

Applicant Mark Richardson, of Holly Park Caravan Storage wanted to use the area an Hollin Park Court to store caravans and motorhomes.

He said the area, which the applicant claims would have 33 storage spaces, used to be a car park and that the caravan movements from the site would not be excessive.

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But the plans received 29 objections, with main concerns over access down a narrow single track road already used as a rat run, noise and existing traffic issues in the area. The business has also operated over a 24-hour period.

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew and councillors Peter Carlill (Lab) and Andrew and Amanda Carter (Cons) also objected.

A council planning officer’s report concludes:

“Whilst the principle of development and subsequent change of use of land to a B8 use is considered acceptable, the proposal as storage for caravans and the business model which is being used by the applicant is considered to be harmful to the residential amenity of nearby neighbours.”

It adds the plans are refused because:

“…By reason of its function, hours of use and noise generated by users coming/going and accessing the site, leads to increased levels of noise and disturbance as the access road is located in close proximity to residential properties to Hollin Park Court, causing significant detriment to the amenity of these occupants.”

Applicant Mr Richardson has said he will appeal against the council’s decision.

The plans, comments, objections and council decision can be viewed here.

UPDATED 12.12pm May 30 2019: This article has been updated to clarify the site is at the back of a mill building, not an industrial estate as first stated.

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Residents’ objections: Hollin Park Court. Photo: Google

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