The following gives some insight into the types of points to consider when composing your letter of objection to the council.
- Visual Impact of the development from properties, pitches and surrounding paths particularly in Winter months after the leaves have fallen.
- Noise pollution- during and after construction [estimated 2 year period of construction] also from recent impromptu sales events from the site.
- Light pollution – disturbance to night sky and affect on wildlife habitats during and after construction.
- Increase of traffic in and out of the village – disruption whilst delivering caravans to the site. Carbon footprint increases with more traffic.
- Security concerns – more visitors to the village and site may increase the risk of crime in the area.
- Damage to the environment – litter, dog waste.
- Damage to village heritage – frequent damage to Paythorne Bridge by caravan deliveries.
- Lack of amenities – 1 limited capacity public house [open 5 days], no shops, poor mobile phone coverage and broadband. One delapidated public phonebox.
- Dangers of extensive agricultural activity on and off road particularly in Summer months.
- Poor highways warning signs of pedestrians and children [only 2 official signs 1 at park gate and 1 near pub] also no lighting for pedestrians on the main carriageway to the site.
- Poor communication links nearest town Barnoldswick several miles away.
- Present site is under used with circa 40 unoccupied pitches plus additional pitches on a lodge site opposite the park entrance.
- Recent policy change to the renting of caravans on a previously ‘owned only’ site.
- Site management communication issues leading to confusion, fear and intimidation.
- Construction traffic increase during development leading to delays and accident potential.
- Concerns on and offsite about efficient safe waste disposal.
- Limited village car parking facilities for tourism visitors who seek to enjoy the numerous footpaths around the area. No designated disabled parking is present on existing car park used at the local pub.
- Safety concerns on the site roads on icy days, no identified site policy on how frequently gritting would be undertaken onsite.
- Real concerns over more surprising new developments onsite [what next?]
- Mental health issues arising from stress induced by the upheaval caused by a new development.
- Will the existing sites waste treatment plant be able to cope with additional demand?
- Utilities like water pressure already significantly affected by increase in numbers of users in the village.
- Health and Safety issues regarding emergency lighting, heating in times of common power loss particularly in darker winter months.
- Lack of public transport and taxi services the majority of commuting will be by car.
Compelling arguments against this development derived from the ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ [Feb 2019] quoted in the applicants ‘Design and Access Statement’
The ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ requires that planning should ‘protect and enhance valued landscapes, “recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside and supporting thriving rural communities within it”