More than 200 people oppose plans for a new caravan park near Hunmanby Gap on the Yorkshire coast


Neighbors to the proposed new park site say the Filey area is becoming saturated with tourism and now faces similar issues to Cornwall in terms of traffic and overdevelopment.

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Although there are other caravan parks in the village, including The Bay, so far there has been no development on the green belt lands south of Sands Lane on the Heritage Coast, which is close to the future New Yorkshire Wolds Outstanding Natural Beauty Area.

Terminally ill alpaca farmer Terry Beaumont and his wife retreated to a small property next to the site two years ago in hopes of peace and quiet, but now face their property dominated by lodges with raised roof terraces.

“On the north side, there is already La Baie, which has been enlarged and now has more than 300 caravans. The south side is nothing but farmland, and if this project is approved, it opens up the whole area for development. There will be nothing. of the countryside are gone, just caravans, ”Mr. Beaumont said.

Mr Low has already revised his proposal down from an initial request for 78 units which was withdrawn before a decision could be made by Scarborough council.

Flooding at the site, which residents say has poor drainage

It is believed that a large multinational resort operator intends to take over management of the site once it is completed. Mr. Low proposed to widen the existing road to improve access and build a new trail to the beach.

“It’s a rural alley, that’s what makes it so charming. It will remove the hedges and the habitat. We have all kinds of species here.

“It will be a horrible stain on green fields that stretch all the way to the Bempton Cliffs. It is also a flood prone area, the drainage is poor and the water forms lakes which often stay there all winter.

“The government keeps saying that there will be no more construction in the green belt, and these aren’t even houses. It would be easier to swallow if it was affordable housing.”

Former campsite owner Jonathan Leonard, who retired with his wife to a neighboring property backing onto the site, echoes the Beaumont views.

“There will be a dozen caravans within 100 yards of us – and it’s going to spread, because that’s how these places operate. It’s a heritage coastline that is becoming ravaged by caravans.

“It will be a big upheaval for the people who live here. The noise travels around the country, and my concern is that it will not be controlled by the new owners.”

Independent district councilor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff opposes the demand for town planning, but adds that she recognizes the need to balance the interests of residents and those working in the tourism industry.

“I’m concerned because it’s one of the last lots that was there before all development, the last piece of natural landscape. The people who live here have a lot of local knowledge about things like drainage and access. , therefore, it is important that as many people as possible submit comments.

“This access road is single track and it is already not fit for purpose. It is a worrying application that could cause a lot of problems.

“There has always been tension between residents and the tourism industry here, and summer can be a strain if you don’t work in tourism. But others need it for a living – many people in my department work at resorts like Primrose Vallée I often find that one side is frustrated and the other relies on visitors, so a balanced approach is needed.

“What attracts people here is our countryside, and we have to be careful not to destroy what brings them here. In an ideal world, the coastline would be ours in the summer, but a lot of people depend on tourism for them. their income and businesses would not survive without them. “

A public consultation on the proposal is running until December 9 on the Scarborough Council website.


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