Plans for a new caravan site at Kirkby Lonsdale

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

KIRKBY Lonsdale residents are objecting to plans for a caravan site on ‘undulating greenfield land’ off the A65.

South Lakeland District Council has received proposals for a site with 30 static units, or space for 40 touring caravans, opposite the end of Kendal Road.

But neighbours whose homes back onto the land say they believe the plans will cause problems with traffic on the A65, putting pupils who cross the 40mph road to Queen Elizabeth School in danger.

Resident Shirley Atkinson said: “The A65 is a dangerous and terrible road to cross. School children will be not that far from it and if there are caravans turning in and out they will have to take a big, sweep to get in and out of it and will be creating even more danger.

“We also understand that some trees are to be cut down. Our homes overlook the site and, even though trees will be planted for screening, these will take a while to grow. We just think it is a bad idea.”

Accompanying documents, submitted by Bolton-le-Sands-based Hunter Planning Consultants, say: “It is proposed that the use of the site for touring caravans will be in keeping with, and complementary to, the vitality and mix within the area and will not have a negative impact on the amenity of the surrounding properties or appearance of the countryside.”

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The plans state that there is ‘sufficient demand’ for the site, as it will cater for a different market than the town’s existing hotels, B&Bs and holiday cottages.

However, there are already a number of caravan and camping sites within a ten-mile radius, including one to the east of Kirkby Lonsdale, one in Casterton and one in Hutton Roof.

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